Wednesday, October 24, 2007

U.N. Decries Violence Against Women and Girls

Violence against women as a tool of oppression is used every single day all around the world. While I want the media to let the people know about these disgusting acts, I'm disappointed when there's a news story about it. It sends the message that it only happens when someone reports it. But I shouldn't be so picky.

This is one of the best things I've read all day:

"Impunity for perpetrators and insufficient response to the needs of survivors are morally reprehensible and unacceptable," [Assistant Secretary-General Rachel Mayanja, the secretary-general's special adviser on gender issues] said. "Sexual violence in conflict, particularly rape, should be named for what it is: not a private act or the unfortunate misbehavior of a renegade soldier, but aggression, torture, war crime and genocide."

See that, people? Not just a few bad apples.The U.N. also stressed the importance of women in the whole peace-making process, as they are underrepresented.

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