113 Countries Agree to Tackle Sexual Violence in Conflict

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Indonesia and more than 100 other UN member states have signed a declaration pledging new global action to end sexual violence in conflict situations.

“This is a significant aspect to be highlighted in efforts to protect women in conflict situations,” Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said in a written statement received by The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.

More than 130 world leaders and ministers gathered at UN headquarters in New York for the General Assembly’s annual general debate, which kicked off on Tuesday and aimed to set the stage for building a new global development agenda that both protects the planet and promotes equity, justice and prosperity for all people.

Marty and 112 ministers signed the Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, containing a set of practical and political commitments to end the use of rape and sexual violence as a weapon to terrorize and destroy communities during…

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