Legal vacuum "an obstacle” to gender equality: Peacekeeper

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Assistant Inspector of Police Annah Chota (center left) meeting women in Abyei. Photo: UNPOL/UNISFA/Mthokozisi Makeka

An absence of laws is an "obstacle to advancing gender equality" because it doesn't give women the support they need to report cases of gender based violence.

That was the reality confronting Assistant Inspector of Police Annah Chota when she got to Abyei, Sudan, to take up her post.

In response, she helped to start a new network that would allow women to speak out.

Through training workshops and campaigns, she helped to change the way communities there deal with rape, domestic violence and child marriage.

Today more women are reporting gender-based violence in Abyei, and rape within marriage has been recognized as a criminal offence.

Ms Chota recently received the International Female Police Peacekeeper Award for her service and achievements in the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).

She spoke with Ana Carmo about her passion for gender equality.

Duration: 4'17"

 

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