By Sunny A. David, Awka
The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, has announced the appointment of a Nigerian, Prof. Joy Ezeilo as a member of seven distinguished experts to serve on the newly established civil society advisory board on prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse.
Prof. Ezeilo is the Dean of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Nigeria and the National Chairperson, Sexual Assault Referral Network Nigeria.
From 2013-2016, she was a member of the Board of Trustees for the United Nations Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking.
She is also the founder of Women Aid Collective, a non-governmental organisation that provide free legal services for women, children and minors, our correspondent reports.
It was also learnt that the aim of the board was to foster closer interaction with civil society and external experts and organisations as part of the United Nations efforts to combat sexual exploitation and abuse.
The functions of the board include advising the Secretary-General on ways to strengthen preventive measures and accountability mechanisms to address sexual exploitation and abuse by both United Nations personnel and non-United Nations forces operating pursuant to a Security Council mandate.
This paper further gathered that the members of the board would serve in their personal capacity and will not receive any compensation or remuneration.
Other members of the board are Ms. Rosa Freedman (UK), Mr. Pablo de Greiff (Colombia), Ms. Adrijana Hanušić Bećirović (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Dr. Najat Maalla M’jid (Morocco), Mr. Vitit Muntarbhorn (Thailand) and Mr. Muna B. Ndulo (Zambia).
The establishment of the board is an important element in the Secretary-General’s strategy outlined in his 2017 report, Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: A New Approach (A/71/818) in furtherance of the United Nations response to sexual exploitation and abuse.