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VIDEO INTERVIEW: Sunila Abeysekera, award-winning women's rights campaigner

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 21 Oct 2010 12:11 PM
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BANGKOK, Oct 21 (AlertNet) - It has been 10 years since the United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 was passed - calling for women and girls in conflicts to be protected from rape, as well as for women to be more involved in negotiating peace agreements.

While progress has been made, award-winning women's rights activist Sunila Abeysekera, said challenges remain. She said more consultation with women in post-conflict situations and a longer-term approach to peace-building are needed.

AlertNet spoke to Abeysekera in Bangkok at the launch of the U.N. Population Fund's State of the

Abeysekera, a Sri Lankan, received the U.N. Human Rights Prize in 1988 and was named Human Rights Defender of the Year by Human Rights Watch in 2007.

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