SG Appoints Margot Wallström as SRSG on Sexual Violence

Secretary-General Appoints Margot Wallström of Sweden as Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict

Source: United Nations Secretary-General

Date: 02 Feb 2010

Biographical Note

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Margot Wallström of Sweden as his Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

Ms. Wallström has been a long-time advocate of the rights and needs of women throughout her political career — first as Swedish Minister and later as Environment Commissioner and Vice-President of the European Commission.

Since her appointment to the European Commission in 1999, she has been actively engaged in promoting the participation of women in peace- and security-related issues, most notably the injustice and violence faced by women during armed conflict. Since 2007, she has served as Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders Ministerial Initiative, where she actively promoted the appointment of women to positions of responsibility. Ms. Wallström also played a leadership role in raising awareness about the urgency to implement United Nations Security Council resolutions 1325 (2000) and 1820 (2008).

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