Zainab Bangura


Haja Zainab Hawa Bangura born Yonibani, Sierra Leone December 18, 1959. Muslim women's leader; trainer in nonviolence and peacebuilding. Led UN Mission to Liberia to oversee reconciliation, 2006. Sierra Leone Minister of Foreign Affairs, 2007-10. UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, 2012.


Sexual violence in conflict needs to be treated as the war crime that it is... It can no longer be written off or treated as an unfortunate collateral damage of war or unavoidable byproduct of political strife.” (Oct. 27, 2012)