UN Security Council passes new Resolution 1888 to end sexual violence against women
UN Security Council passes new Resolution 1888 to end sexual violence against women in conflict-affected countries
October 2009 – On 30 September 2009, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution that addresses the need to end sexual violence against women in conflict-affected countries. The resolution calls for the immediate appointment of a Special Representative to provide leadership, work effectively to strengthen existing UN coordination mechanisms and advocate with governments, military, judicial representatives and parties to armed conflict. It calls for the deployment of teams of experts in situations of particular concern and for the appointment of women’s protection advisors in all peacekeeping missions. Other provisions seek to strengthen monitoring and reporting on sexual violence; the retraining of peacekeepers, national forces and police; and an increase in the participation of women in peacebuilding and other post-conflict processes. The new resolution builds on UN Security Council 1820 adopted in 2008 to end sexual violence against women in conflict.