Rape a concern in the Great Lakes
From GERALD BUSINGE in Kampala, Uganda
KAMPALA, (CAJ News) – THE fight against sexual and gender based violence is paramount to the establishment of peace and security in the Great Lakes region, a United Nations envoy has said.
UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes, Said Djinnit, made the recommendation to organizations and governments during the Regional Training Facility on Sexual and Gender Based Violence of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).
The event has been held in Entebbe, Uganda, which offered a platform fight against impunity for sexual and gender based crimes in the vulnerable region.
Hosted by the Government of Uganda, it brought together experts from the ICGLR member states, as well as representatives from the UN, the African Union, and other partners.
Djinnit called on stakeholders to support initiatives that can prevent sexual violence from happening, and to support action that will ensure victims have access to justice, and individuals who have committed such crimes are held accountable.
“Winning this battle can make a significant contribution to ensuring that all girls and boys, and all women and men, are able to live free from sexual violence in their homes and communities.”
Countries in the Great Lakes region include Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
Intermittent conflict in the area has exposed victims to sexual violence.
– CAJ News
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