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Guinea-Bissau is countering the effects of last year's unrest, and the United Nations is helping to promote security sector reform in a country that has been dogged by war, coups and assassinations in recent years, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in his latest report.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Guinea-Bissau, Joseph Mutaboba, today highlighted progress made and challenge to overcome in Guinea-Bissau in the implementation of the Security Council Resolution 1325 in a ceremony with women leaders and peace activists in the country.
Guinean soldiers raped at least 100 women during a crackdown on protesters in September, a human rights group said on Thursday.
The findings were released as United Nations experts began to investigate the repression, in which about 160 people were killed. The crackdown has drawn widespread condemnation and brought sanctions against the ruling military junta.
On September 28, 2009, self-proclaimed president Captain Moussa Dadis Camara's troops raped and murdered at least 157 political demonstrators in Conakry, Guinea. Thousands of people had gathered in a public sports stadium to speak out against Camara's decision to stand again in upcoming presidential elections.
Women have been greatly affected by the ongoing political instability in Guinea-Bissau, as the Government is unable or unwilling to enforce gender equality legislation, while society continues to practice discriminatory social customs and traditions. Guinea-Bissau has faced long periods of conflicts and instability due to frequent transitions of government and the prevalence of drug trafficking. Guinea-Bissau acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1985 and is not ranked in the 2013 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). Women activists continue to advocate for peace and a greater emphasis in legislation promoting gender equality and women's public participation.
Guinea-Bissau's NAP was launched in 2010 for the period 2010-2011. The development of the NAP was led by Comite de Pilotagem Nactional (IMC). Civil society, women's organizations, and international organizations helped in the development of Guinea Bissau's NAP.
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