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Clinton to chair Security Council session on sexual violence

Hillary Clinton will promote a US-sponsored resolution Wednesday that seeks to strengthen a measure approved last year that condemns the use of rape in conflict.

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, leaves a high-level Summit of the Security Council on Sept. 24 in New York.

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton takes her campaign against sexual violence in conflict to the United Nations Wednesday, just as political strife in Guinea provides a fresh example of the kind of grisly actions she wants the world organization to stop.

Secretary Clinton, who has committed to making women's issues a "centerpiece" of her work as the Obama administration's chief diplomat, will chair a session of the UN Security Council on women, peace, and security. At the session Wednesday, she'll promote a US-sponsored resolution that seeks to expand and strengthen a measure approved last year, which condemns the use of rape in conflict and characterizes it as a threat to peace and security.

Clinton was moved to seek additional action against the growing use of rape as a result of her visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in August. She met with some of the estimated 200,000 victims of sexual violence in the country's war-torn eastern region.

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