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The UN’s sexual harassment problem exposes its illusion of accountability

While people within the UN make all the right noises when the issue is raised, it does not often translate into action

By Hannah Bryce  

The UN is ostensibly for women's rights. But what's happening inside the organisation?

After allegations about harassment broke recently, a picture has begun to form of the UN as being both a promoter and defender of women’s rights but, at the same time, consistently turning a blind eye to sexual abuse and exploitation perpetrated by its own staff, and others working under the UN flag and rules.

In response to reports of sexual assault and harassment within the organisation going unpunished, Jan Beagle, under-secretary general for management at the UN, has re-asserted the…

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