On the 22nd June 2012 the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Zainab Hawa Bangura, currently the Minister of Health and Sanitation of Sierra Leone, as his new Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict.
Violence against Women
Over the past two years, Margot Wallström, a Swedish politician with a long history of defending women’s rights, has served as the United Nations Secretary-General’s first Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict. During her tenure, in December 2010, the Security Council adopted Resolution 1960, which put in place the tools for more systematic monitoring and reporting of sexual violence, and for the identification of perpetrators.
Most if not all of the so called female political activists in Zimbabwe are in fact not political activists. They are social justice advocates. Most women in Zimbabwe are not preoccupied with the overarching male oriented perception of power as success but rather a collective sense of well being as success. Hence the availability of food on the table, access to healthcare, the availability of safe sanitary wear, the cleanliness of the environment where they bring up their children and other socio-economic guarantees matter more to women than the number of women in parliament.
“Women should always have bald heads, lose weight and dress shabbily to reduce their attractiveness as part of measures to curb the spread of HIV”, MDC-T Senator for Chikomo, Morgan Femai said over the weekend. Addressing Zimbabwe Parliamentarians at an HIV sensitisation workshop, he said that HIV is spreading at an alarming rate because men find it difficult to resist women because they are becoming more attractive.
Politically motivated rape has been reported in Zimbabwe particularly around elections over the last decade but there has been little interest by the government to address it. Political leaders have recently been reported in the media as saying political violence must end but no one has specifically mentioned rape. That little naivety left in me says they are quiet because they are so ashamed by what has been committed in their name that they cannot bear to talk about it but then the realist, unfortunately the realist in me is very cynical, says yeah right, they are silent because it is
We were informed about a new International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict led by the Peace Laureates of the Nobel Women’s Initiative and an Advisory Committee comprised of 25 organizations working at the international, regional, and community levels to stop rape in conflict.
If you are also interested in joining the campaign, please visit: www.stoprapeinconflict.org
You can include a pledge of action as an individual or as an organization to undertake actions in support of the Campaign.
I have often wondered about the role that women play and the influence they have in entrenching male dominion over other women. Why do women manipulate situations to intentionally hurt other women? Strange as it may sound, it does occur in many spheres of our lives.
Misogyny-a deep hatred of women- is the sentiment that the media is brewing with the content that it is spawning each day and yet we have allowed them to get away with it-even becoming accomplices to the crime ourselves as women.
Representation violence! Anyone ever heard that expression before? When people hear of violence against women, physical violence comes to mind-the one that leaves bruises and scars on women's beautiful skins.