UN Appoints Pramila Patten as Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres yesterday announced the appointment of senior officials as his envoys dealing with prevention of sexual violence in conflict and for protection of children during such crisis, respectively.




Pramila Patten

For the position of Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, the Secretary-General has appointed Pramila Patten of Mauritius, who as practising Barrister at Law has served since 2003 as Member of The Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

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Ms. Patten brings solid and diversified judiciary expertise in sexual and gender-based violence as well as women, peace and security notably as Member of the High Level Advisory Group for Global Study on Security Council resolution 1325 on Women Peace & Security (since 2014) and the Advisory Panel of African Women’s rights Observatory, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (since 2010). She served as Adviser, Ministry of Women's Rights, Child Development & Family Welfare (2000-2004); Member of the Advisory Committee of Due Diligence Framework Project (2012-2014); Member of International Women’s Rights Action Watch (1993-2002) and as United Nations Secretary-General-appointed Commissioner of the International Commission of Inquiry into the massacre in Guinea Conakry in 2009.