Calm is gradually returning to Côte d’Ivoire after months of post-election violence but shocking reports of sexual violence have emerged as part of the crisis. Women and girls are caught in the middle of a conflict, once again.
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On April 12th, 2011, the UN Regional Information Centre in Brussels, in partnership with the Goethe Institute, organized an event about the sexual exploitation of children to mark the International Day for Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery. After the screening of the powerful documentary Redlight, which tells the stories of Cambodian children trafficked into prostitution, representatives of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) and the MONA Foundation for the Women of Hungary, together with a representative of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights were invited to engage in a discussion with the audience.
“Various forms of discrimination against women not only exist in all societies, but are even codified by the very governments which should be fighting that injustice.” (Sarah Jones in Women Can’t Wait)
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