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Here are a few updates from day three of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.
U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague and other U.K. government officials launched that country’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. This 2014-2017 action plan is “intended to strengthen the UK’s ability to reduce the impact of conflict on women and girls and to promote their inclusion in conflict resolution.”
Participants heard from UN officials, including Zainab Hawa Bangura, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict; Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator; and Helen Clark, Administrator of the UN Development Program. Ms. Bangura delivered the Secretary-General’s message to the summit.
This Summit is an important vehicle to strengthen collective action to end impunity, boost services, improve the global response, ensure women’s participation and empowerment, and enhance the role of the military and other security sector actors – including United Nations peacekeepers – to prevent conflict-related sexual violence.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
In her remarks, Under-Secretary-General Amos offered several recommendations to address sexual violence in conflict. Among them are:
- “Address impunity by strengthening global, regional and national legal frameworks, and by investigating and documenting crimes against women, men and children.”
- “Governments must strengthen access to justice and improve the medical services available to all survivors of sexual violence.”
- “Perpetrators must be held accountable, regardless of the gender or social status of those they attack.”
Of particular note to CVT is this comment by Administrator Clark, “In post-conflict and refugee settings, women remain particularly vulnerable to sexual and gender-based violence, including domestic violence and trafficking.”
Reminder: If you are interested in catching up on events from the summit, an archive of video and photos is available here.