The Trumpet Trumpets Zainab Bangura’s Fight Against Sexual Violence
The Sierra Leone local tabloid, the “Trumpet” of October 16, 2014 edition has described the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Sierra Leonean born Zainab Bangura as a tough activist in the fight against sexual violence.
The Special Representative has just concluded a visit to South Sudan with a Joint Communiqué with the government putting Sierra Leone in a lime light making us too proud. The Communiqué outlines clear steps they would take to prevent and address sexual violence crimes, describing the offence as a consistent characteristic of the conflict that is being perpetrated by all the parties. Zainab’s endurance to ending rape in conflict is in cognizance of the UN Declaration.
She told Reuters in one of her interviews with the media that rape for her is too many, and seen as a devastating weapon against the progress and livelihood of women, especially the vulnerable ones.
Sierra Leone must be proud of Zainab because the world is now seeing her chasing life for all women across the globe. The striking goal that Zainab scored early this year was when her office struck another victorious carpet goal by the signing of the UN and the AU Agreement to prevent and respond to conflict-related violence in Africa.
“My office and the UN System are committed to helping the government and people of South Sudan put an end to sexual violence in the country, and we stand ready to support them in any way necessary to end the horrible devastation of this crime”, opined Zainab Bangura.
END THIS WAR
The women of South Sudan embraced Zainab Bangura’s cause and called on their political leaders to end the Atrocities. Madam Bangura reminds both government and opposition forces, that they cannot declare war on their own people and ultimately there must be accountability for these atrocious crimes. “The international community cannot leave survivors to fend for themselves. Now is the time to step up and help South Sudan put an end the atrocities”, advocates Zainab Bangura.
The newly signed Agreement outlines critical priority areas for action including ensuring medical, psycho-social and legal assistance to victims, addressing impunity, security and justice sector reform and ensuring that sexual violence crimes are explicitly addressed in the peace process as an aspect of the cessation of hostility Agreement.
The Special UN Representative Zainab Hawa Bangura in her quest to speedily combat the situation engaged Opposition Leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement Rich Machar in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to begin discussions on concrete measures that the opposition must take to prevent sexual violence by their forces in areas under their control.
Mrs. Zainab Hawa Bangura at various stages in her career has worked as an Adviser and Consultant for the World Bank, UNDP, and UNHCR on a variety of issues including community empowerment, inclusion and social development. This great woman during the 11 years civil conflict in Sierra Leone fought for sustainable peace, both local and international. Serve as Election Observer in Presidential and Legislative Elections in Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Togo. She was Minister in the Foreign and Health Ministries in Sierra Leone before her new UN appointment.
By Jonathan Abass Kamara
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