The issue of gender-based violence was missing from the Millennium Development Goals. Yet as Hilary Homans explains in this video it has a profound impact on women’s lives globally and in sub-Saharan Africa. For this reason the United Nations Secretary-General appointed in 2012 a Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict: Zainab Hawa Bangura.
Madame Bangura describes her role and the importance of ending impunity towards violence against women. We also hear from the proceedings of a conference organised by law students (Lawyers Without Borders) on the topic of Female Genital Mutilation and what Sir Malcolm Bruce has to say about the need for community-initiatives to end child marriage.