South Sudan

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 28th January 2015.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the United Nations Population Fund's estimate that as many as 25,000 women and girls in South Sudan are at risk of sexual violence in refugee camps; and whether they plan to take any action in the light of that estimate.

Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State

The UK is deeply concerned by the prevalence of sexual violence in South Sudan. We have allocated three million pounds to prevent and respond to gender-based violence. Additionally, the UK’s contribution to humanitarian programmes helps to support survivors of sexual violence and make refugee camps safer for women and girls. We continue to press the Government of South Sudan (GoSS) to implement its commitment to end sexual violence, as set out in the joint communiqué between the GoSS and the United Nations of October 2014.

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