UN special representative for sexual abuse visits Côte-d’Ivoire

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations for the fight against sexual violence in armed conflict, Margot Wallström, arrived in Abidjan, the Ivorian capital, Monday.

Wallström Tuesday began meetings with the authorities of the United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI).

"These meetings are part of my mandate which is to fight against sexual violence over women in conflict," she said at the end of the talks.

According to her, it is to better understand the situation and better comprehend the challenges both with UNOCI and through discussions with victims of sexual violence,
reiterating that her mission was making efforts to implement preventive actions.

"We will discuss with partners here in Côte-d’Ivoire to see how to address this problem and also fight against impunity," she said.

To better understand the needs in this regard, the special representative said she would go to Bouake and Duékoué where serious abuses were committed during the post-election crisis from December 2010 to April 2011.

During her one-week visit, Wallström is billed to meet with members of the Ivorian cabinet, NGOs, civil society and partners in the UN system.
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