Sexual Violence in Conflict - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:07 pm on 12th June 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Sugg Baroness Sugg The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development 3:07 pm, 12th June 2019

My Lords, as the noble Lord said, in Oslo I announced UK political commitments which included improving access to life-saving sexual and reproductive health services and £7 million of additional funding to support the UNFPA to tackle sexual and gender-based violence in Syria. The Oslo conference saw commitments of a very large amount of funding—$363 million—and hundreds of political commitments. The noble Lord is quite right that it is vital that we keep up momentum. It is also vital that we continue to demonstrate the UK’s strong leadership on this issue. The PSVI conference in November is an excellent opportunity to ensure that we and our international partners do that.