WHO’s safeguarding failure in the DRC has re-focused attention on the sexual misconduct that surfaces with disgraceful regularity in humanitarian, development, and peacekeeping operations worldwide.
Swift positions taken by the AU could be stymied by ongoing conflicts, funding shortfalls and border closures.
Major Seynabou Diouf, has been commended for her “exemplary service, which has a direct and positive impact on the community and the Congolese national police.” The Major currently leads a task force that helps to prevent and end sexual exploitation and abuse with the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC.
Winnie Byanyima, renowned human rights advocate and former Ugandan Member of Parliament has left Oxfam after seven years to join UNAIDS as its Executive Director. The appointment has been widely praised and shared across social media.
Kofi Annan was the first UN employee to rise to the position of Secretary General but his tenure also had a darker side.
Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan has died aged 80, the Kofi Annan Foundation announced. He “passed away peacefully on Saturday after a short illness”, the Foundation said.
The United Nations has revealed that it has received 44 new allegations of sexual abuse by peacekeepers and staff in UN missions in Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Haiti. Following recommendations from rights groups, the UN says it is working on measures to offer protection and assistance to victims. The measures include vetting of all forces and supporting a Trust Fund, created to help victims of sexual abuse.
A damning report released by the United Nations recently has exposed that the South African troops tops the list of sexual predators on UN peacekeeping missions