More participation of women in peacebuilding © Peter Steffen
To curb sexual violence in conflicts, the Vatican wants women to be more involved in prevention and peacekeeping efforts. Three fields of action could be considered.
This is what the Permanent Observer to the United Nations, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, called for before the World Security Council in New York. Too often, women suffer sexual violence not only during a war, but also afterwards. Survivors must be better cared for and perpetrators must be prosecuted more vigorously, the Vatican diplomat said, according to the Vatican News portal.
Three fields of action
Speaking at a conference on "Women, Peace and Security" (Monday evening local time), Auza accordingly named three necessary areas for action. On the one hand, conflict prevention must be stepped up and women must be more involved in it. Second, the prevention of sexual violence and the protection of women must become a separate theme of any peacekeeping measures.
After all, in the often chaotic period after a conflict, countries and regions need to be supported in their social and economic reconstruction.