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Rape used as "war weapon around world"

From Afghanistan to Liberia, from Colombia to the Congo, women and girls are being subjected to rape, torture and slavery that defy the imagination, a U.N. official says. Despite efforts to put “gender consideration” in U.N. humanitarian and peacekeeping missions, progress has been slow in achieving changes on the ground, Thoraya Obaid, director of the U.N. Population Fund, told the 15-member U.N. Security Council on Thursday. “We are here to speak about the unspeakable — the gender-based and sexual violence that is occurring on a massive scale in conflict and post-conflict situations around the world,” Obeid said. Full Story

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