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Female IDPs in Côte d'Ivoire and Mali remain vulnerable to sexual violence

Publisher Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC)
Publication Date 30 October 2012
Cite as Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC), Female IDPs in Côte d'Ivoire and Mali remain vulnerable to sexual violence, 30 October 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5097b5992.html [accessed 18 September 2014]
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At a high level panel celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Chaloka Beyani,, the Special Rapporteur on Internally Displaced Persons, highlighted how internally displaced women and girls were most affected by the violence in Côte d'Ivoire.

Panellists at the meeting, which was organised by the office of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights' and the International Organisation of La Francophonie, highlighted how Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) continued to threaten security and act as an obstacle to economic and social development.

The President of the Coordination of women's associations and non-governmental organisations in Mali, Ms. Oumou Tourée, testified of the high levels of violence perpetrated against women in Mali during the current crisis. Here, as with most countries with a poor record for violations against women, impunity is the major factor behind the prevalence of these crimes.

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