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OPINION: Women, Peace and Security: Let’s Turn Words into Action

 

Dr. Denis Mukwege

BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of Congo, May 3 2019 (IPS) – To be able to tackle a problem we must first recognize that it exists. When I first spoke at the United Nations Security Council in 2009, I was asked why the issue of sexual violence was even relevant to peace and security. At that time, it was not generally accepted that rape is in fact a weapon of war. Today, that statement is both widely accepted and central to the international community’s understanding of this crucial issue.

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