On Friday June 22, 2012, the Secretary General of the United Nations announced a new Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict. Zainab Hawa Bangura will replace Margot Wallstrom. Bangura is the second person to receive the mandate that was developed by UN Security Council Resolution 1888 in 2009.
Zainab Hawa Bangura is the current Minister of Health and Sanitation of Sierra Leone. According to a UN statement, she has over 20 years of policy, diplomatic and practical experience in the field of governance, conflict resolution and reconciliation in Africa. “She is an experienced results-driven civil society, human and women’s right campaigner and democracy activist”, the statement said.
Ms. Bangura was previously in charge of the civil section for the UN Peacekeeping mission in Liberia (UNMIL). She is familiar in dealing with State and non-State actors on issues pertaining to sexual violence, corruption, and impunity.
Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS), advisory committee member of the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict, announced: “Zeinab Bangura is a strong woman , a champion for African women, and a believer and promoter of women’s rights, who will stand for all women, who are terrorized by violence in their lives, communities and nations.”
The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict looks very much forward to working with Bangura in the coming years.
Secretary-General Appoints Zainab Hawa Bangura of Sierra Leone: Special Representative on Sexual Violence, United Nations, June 22 2012.
UN Appoints New Sexual Violence Envoy, AWID, June 25 2012.