New resolution on sexual violence in conflict, bolsters UN’s ‘survivor-centred’ approach, says top official

8 May 2019

A newly-passed Security Council resolution on sexual violence in conflict, “reinforces” the mandate of the UN’s top official dealing with the issue, cementing a “survivor-centred” approach in “all aspects of prevention and response”.

That’s according to the UN’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramilla Patten, in an in-depth interview with UN News following the resolution passed late last month.

She said it was “regrettable” that stronger language on reproductive health and rights for women and girls had not been included, but it was nonetheless a powerful tool to ensure survivors receive the care they need, without discrimination.

With some media reports characterizing the resolution as “watered down”, Matt Wells asked Ms. Patten what she would ideally have liked to see passed.

Audio Credit:
Matt Wells, UN News
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