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UN Appoints Watchdog For Women

The investigator, to be named in April, will serve for three years and report back to the 53-nation commission on the extent of the problem -- including rape of women and sexual slavery in wartime -- and ways to combat it. The proposal attracted an extraordinary groundswell of support in a body which is frequently split by political bickering. More than 60 countries -- including those which are not members of the commission -- signed up to the motion. It passed by consensus Friday. The commission's seven-page resolution called for ""the elimination of gender-based violence in the family, within the general community and where perpetrated or condoned by the state."" It also demanded a ""particularly effective response"" to human-rights violations against women during armed conflict, ""including in particular murder, systematic rape, sexual slavery and forced pregnancy.

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