I am both horrified and saddened by the atrocities and breaches of human rights reported as presently occurring in the Ethiopian province of Tigray.
Following many years of the country’s collaborative attempts to recalibrate societal attitudes and behaviours, by promoting unity and tolerance for all persons, we are today, met with the devastating news and evidence of inexplicable acts of harm and violence towards women and girls.
War is the destructive debasing of a united people – but to then fall victim to rape is a devastating low of sexual violence in conflict, in a war which unfairly divides and deprives humanity of dignity and autonomy.
Cowardly and inhumane crimes such as these must be dealt with and stamped out, fast – and appropriately.
I am urging for government and policymakers, people of power and community members to speak up for the application of United Nations Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, and the prevention of sexual violence in conflict. Perpetrators should be identified and reprimanded swiftly and appropriately.