End Sexual Violence in Conflict: Global Summit
9 June, 2014
The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict takes place this week in London. Foreign Secretary, William Hague, and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, will be cochairing the summit which will be the largest gathering to take place on this issue, looking to build a practical path forward to help victims of sexual violence across the world.
Ending sexual violence in conflict is a critical issue of international concern. Events addressing the role and vulnerability of women and children in conflict make up an important part of our human rights portfolio,
Most recently, our conference, Women in peacebuilding, sought to identify lessons from past efforts and the UN Secretary-General’s 2010 seven-point plan on Women’s Participation in Peacebuilding, energising the agenda with concrete actions for the future.
With high level attendance from the UK Foreign Secretary and Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Preventing sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict situations in 2012 provided a forum to identify where global leadership on this issue could make a difference. This supported the UK initiative to quash the culture of impunity by bringing more perpetrators to justice, strengthen international coordination and support nation states in building capacity to address sexual violence.
In 2008, Women targeted or affected by armed conflict: what role for military peacekeepers?, in cooperation with UNIFEM and DPKO, made significant steps forward in building policy consensus on sexual violence as a security issue.
In 2006, we hosted a dialogue discussing the challenges in implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1325, reaffirming the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts.
We will be fully supporting the Global Summit, attending discussions and Fringe events, listening and learning from participants’ experiences and expertise.