WHO Vows To Investigate Sexual Abuse Allegations From DRC Ebola Outbreak Response; New Report Examines U.K.’s Efforts To Support Survivors Of Peacekeeper Abuse
New York Times: WHO Workers Are Accused of Sex Abuse During Ebola Response in Congo
“The World Health Organization, already struggling to lead a global response to the coronavirus pandemic, has been hit with potentially damaging allegations that doctors and other employees working on the agency’s response to an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo peddled jobs for sex. The New Humanitarian, a nonprofit news organization based in Geneva, and the Thomson Reuters Foundation published on Tuesday the findings of a yearlong investigation in which 30 of 51 women interviewed reported exploitation by men identified as working for the WHO on the Ebola outbreak starting in 2018. The WHO, a United Nations agency which says it has a policy of zero-tolerance toward sexual abuse, said its leadership and staff were outraged by the reports and promised a ‘robust’ investigation…” (Cumming-Bruce, 9/30).
Devex: U.K. not doing enough to support survivors of peacekeeper abuse, report says
“The United Kingdom’s work to tackle sexual exploitation and abuse at the hands of international peacekeepers has not done enough to support victims and survivors, according to a report from the Independent Commission for Aid Impact. The U.K. government has positioned itself as a leader in fighting sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment in the humanitarian and development sectors, which has been a priority since the #AidToo scandals that surfaced in 2018 and continue to emerge now…” (Worley, 9/30).