Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 29th March 2017.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department plans to host another Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Alok Sharma Alok Sharma The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

This year marks five years since the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative was founded. The 2014 Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict was the biggest Summit of its kind. Significant progress has been made since 2012, including through:

  • training over 17,000 military and police personnel;
  • deploying the UK Team of Experts over 85 times;
  • funding of over £35 million to support more than 70 projects in 26 countries to provide capacity building on advocacy, protection, survivor support, evidence gathering, judicial reform, prosecution and reparations work.

The British Government will host an international meeting in 2019 to review commitments made at the 2014 Summit and galvanise further international action and commitment. The 2019 meeting will focus on what further action is needed to end sexual violence in conflict, including how we can further support survivors and tackle the stigma and negative attitudes associated with sexual violence.

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