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Swedish Defense Minister in NY: Keep Women's Vulnerability in Mind

Published fredag 24 juli 2009 kl 13.00
Swedish Defence Minister Sten Tolgfors

Swedish Defense Minister Sten Tolgfors visited United Nations headquarters in New York on Thursday to discuss issues surrounding EU - UN collaboration.

High on the acting EU representative's list of topics was women's vulnerability in conflicts. The precariousness of their situation is often forgotten in international conflicts, he said to Swedish Radio News.

It's not enough that individual countries like Sweden act, he said. All countries have to work together to help women trapped in conflicts to document assaults and injustices, receive medical help, and navigate the legal system.

The UN has passed two resolutions that take up the issue of women's vulnerability in war, though Minister Sten Tolgfors thinks more should be done. In Sweden, military education already includes instruction in the topic.

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