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Amina Mohammed: Sexual violence marks conflicts in Nigeria and Congo

UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed

NEW YORK— Amina Mohammed, the deputy secretary-general of the United Nations, says conflicts in Nigeria and Congo are marked by extremely high levels of sexual and gender-based violence — and both countries have “dismayingly low levels of women’s political participation.”

The UN deputy chief told the U.N. Security Council last Thursday that her most important message from a joint U.N.-African Union mission to the two countries focused on women in conflict is that greater investment is needed in women and girls “if we are to have sustainable peace and development.”

she said sexual violence is widespread in Congo, a country where 3.8 million people have fled fighting.

She maintained that in northern Nigeria, where Boko Haram is active, “abductions, forced marriage and the use of women as suicide bombers have taken a terrible toll.”

Mohammed who hails from Nigeria became UN deputy secretary in 2017. Prior to that, she was a cabinet minister in Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari’ government. She is second African woman to serve as deputy secretary general of the UN.  She represented the United Nations at the joint UN-African Union consultative meeting held from July 19-27.

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Ben Mabande

Ben Mabande is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.

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