Peace With Sexual Violence is Still War: Peacekeepers Must Protect Women

Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Stephen Lewis
Central Africa
Western Africa
Congo (Kinshasa)

Stephen Lewis warns UN military commanders who gathered on May 27th 2008 at Wilton Park in West Sussex, England to discuss their role in protecting women targeted or affected by armed conflict: peace is a mere illusion wherever bullets have stopped, but rape continues.

At the heart of this conference there lies an unassailable truth: if sexual violence is not addressed during the course of a conflict, then sexual violence will haunt the post-conflict period, and make of the ostensible peace a mockery for half the population.

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Peace with sexual violence is still war, AFW