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Appointment of co-chairs of the Independent Committee by WHO on Sexual Misconduct during Ebola in North Kivu and Ituri, Democratic Republic of the Congo

 

World Health Organization appoints co-chairs of the Independent Committee on Sexual Misconduct during Ebola in North Kivu and Ituri, Democratic Republic of the Congo

The World Health Organization appointed two outstanding leaders as co-chairs to chair the independent committees on sexual abuse and exploitation during the tenth Ebola virus disease outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

 

The committee will be co-chaired by His Excellency Aïchatou Mindaoudou, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Social Development of Niger, who has held senior United Nations positions in Côte d’Ivoire and Darfur.

 

She will work with Julienne Lusenge, co-chairman from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who is an internationally recognized human rights activist and works for survivors of wartime sexual violence.

 

Independent Committee is to quickly ascertain facts

The role of the independent committee is to quickly ascertain the facts, identify and support the survivors, ensure that any ongoing abuses are stopped, and hold the perpetrators accountable.

 

The committee will be composed of up to seven members, including co-chairs, who have expertise in sexual exploitation and abuse, emergency response and investigation.

Appointment of co-chairs of the Independent Committee by WHO on Sexual Misconduct during Ebola in North Kivu and Ituri, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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The co-chairs will select other members of the committee, who are supported by a secretariat based in WHO.

 

In order to support the work of the independent committee, the Director-General decided to adopt an open procedure and hire an independent external organization with experience in conducting similar investigations.

 

10th tenth Ebola virus disease outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri

The tenth Ebola virus disease outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces was the second largest Ebola outbreak in the world on record, and this outbreak ended on June 25, 2020.

 Previously, it lasted for nearly two years in an active area of ​​conflict, causing 2,300 deaths.

 

WHO has a zero tolerance policy for sexual exploitation and abuse. They reaffirm their firm commitment to prevent and prevent sexual exploitation and abuse in all operations worldwide.

 

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