Syria: Idlib Attacks - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:10 pm on 18th June 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Sugg Baroness Sugg The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development 3:10 pm, 18th June 2019

I join the noble Baroness in praising the work of Islamic Relief. We were delighted recently to aid-match the funding for its Ramadan appeal. It does incredible work, both in Syria and around the world.

I had not seen the figures on women in prisons. Of course, violence against women and girls is abhorrent wherever we see it. One of the important things is to ensure that, when we face humanitarian crises, our response takes that into account from the outset. I recently attended a conference in Oslo to ensure that humanitarian aid properly takes into account how we can help women from the very outset of a crisis.