Sexual and Gender Based Violence


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United States Aiding Victims of Gender-Based Violence -

May 19, 2009
Jim Fisher-Thompson

The underlying issue of gender inequality that leads to violence against women in civil conflicts is a problem in many parts of the world, but there is a difference in "scope and intensity" of the violence in some African nations, a State Department official told Congress May 13.

Gender-based violence "as a tool of war is in no way limited to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Sudan, or in Africa," Ambassador Melanne Verveer told a joint hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy and Global Women's Issues and the Subcommittee on African Affairs. 

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