Washington, D.C. (Vocus) October 3, 2009
"The United Nations Foundation applauds the Administration and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for its strong stance and continued efforts to end sexual violence against women and children in conflict-related situations.
"This action, coupled with Secretary Clinton's visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in April, demonstrates that the United States' support of women and children goes beyond mere words. The resolution adopted this week builds on global efforts - and earlier UN Security Council resolutions - to curb the violence being perpetrated on women and children in conflict zones. In the Congo alone, the UN estimates 200,000 women have been raped during the country's decade-long war. Too often, these tactics of war go unpunished, encouraging further escalation. The new resolution seeks to provide the UN and its member states new tools to prevent conflict-related sexual violence and devastation.
"We at the United Nations Foundation stand by Secretary Clinton and the Administration to assure the safety and wellbeing of the women and children across the globe being brutalized in the name of war. These acts of violence weaken the bonds that hold families and communities together, as well as eat away at global security and economic growth. Until violence against women and children is addressed, global progress cannot be achieved."
About the UN Resolution:
On Wednesday, September 30, 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton chaired a United Nations Security Council Session to adopt Resolution 1888 (2009) to end sexual violence against women and children in conflict-related situations. The resolution, drafted by the United States, outlines actions the UN and Member States can take to help prevent conflict-related sexual violence and end impunity. The resolution was adopted unanimously by the 15-member body, and builds upon the Security Council's commitment to the continuing and full implementation of resolutions 1325 (2000), 1612 (2005), 1674 (2006), 1820 (2008) and 1882 (2009).
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