AU, UN sign agreement to curb sexual violence in Africa

The agreement will also strengthen national policies, legislation, and institutions working on conflict-related sexual violence.

The African Union, AU, and the United Nations, UN, have signed an agreement to curb sexual violence in Africa. This was disclosed by Zainab Bangura, the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, in New York on Thursday.

The envoy co-signed the document with the Ambassador of Algeria, Smail Chergui.

The document, signed on January 31, the final day of the 22nd AU Summit in Addis Ababa, focuses on key areas, such as combating impunity by perpetrators and capacity building for peacekeepers and security actors.

The meeting was attended by leaders from 54 African member states and the UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson.

The agreement will also strengthen national policies, legislation and institutions working on conflict-related sexual violence.

“All good forces must work together to combat the horrible scourge of sexual violence in war and conflict.

“National ownership, leadership and responsibility are absolutely essential if we are to protect women and girls, including men and boys, from these barbaric crimes.

“I am confident that this framework of cooperation will help us in this fight,” Ms. Bangura said.

She said that the agreement also emphasised the importance of services for survivors, empowering women and girls and countering the stigma of survivors.

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