TIPH endorses UN Statement of Commitment on Eliminating Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

On 25 January 2008, the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) submitted a "Statement of Commitment on Eliminating Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN and Non-UN Personnel" to the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations in New York. The statement had been officially endorsed by Head of Mission Karl-Henrik Sjursen's in a signature ceremony in Hebron earlier.

TIPH observers in Bab Al-KhanOn 25 January 2008, the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) submitted a “Statement of Commitment on Eliminating Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN and Non-UN Personnel” to the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations in New York. The statement had been officially endorsed by Head of Mission Karl-Henrik Sjursen’s in a signature ceremony in Hebron earlier. In doing so, TIPH expresses its firm commitment to protect the most vulnerable populations in its working environment, especially women, girls and boys.

The “Statement of Commitment on Eliminating Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN and Non-UN Personnel” comes as a significant step in a working process on gender justice and equality in TIPH.

– With this endorsement we express our intent to advance those principles and commitments, TIPH Head of Mission Karl-Henrik Sjursen says.

An internal Gender Mainstreaming Working Group has been formed and has proposed various action points in order to reinforce TIPH action for the protection of Palestinian women and children in Hebron. By endorsing this UN document, the mission acknowledges that it has a particular responsibility to create and maintain an environment which prevents sexual exploitation and abuse.

As an international governmental mission, TIPH is furthermore committed to adhere to Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. The TIPH management recognizes that significant efforts are necessary to implement the resolution’s provisions.

– For example further recruitment of female TIPH observers is necessary in order to make TIPH accessible to the Palestinian women of Hebron, specifies Pia Skjelstad, co-chair of the Gender Mainstreaming Working Group.

Since its inception, the Gender Mainstreaming Working Group has conducted a thorough revision of all internal TIPH documents and procedures in order to meet international gender mainstreaming standards. Specific training on ‘do no harm’ and gender sensitive working procedures will be provided to TIPH observers and the management.

The official UN statement of commitment (external link, PDF)
WomenWarPeace – Official UN site related to UN SC Resolution 1325 (external link)