Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 19th March 2020.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress his Department has made on the development of a three-year strategy on preventing sexual violence in conflict.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI) is part of the UK's Women, Peace and Security National Action Plan (NAP), which includes our strategy for tackling and preventing conflict-related sexual violence. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is currently developing an additional three-year strategy on PSVI, which remains a top priority for the UK Government.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Department for International Development (DFID) and the Ministry of Defence (MOD) will all contribute to this strategy, not only in London but across the network of Embassies in countries where conflict-related sexual violence issues are acute. This work will be overseen by the joint FCO-DFID Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth and Prime Minister's Special Representative for Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon.

Our PSVI objectives will remain to strengthen justice and support for survivors and hold the perpetrators to account; tackle the stigma faced by survivors, including children born of sexual violence in conflict; and prevent sexual violence in conflict. The Government will ensure the three-year strategy is survivor-centred, working closely with PSVI Survivor Champions throughout its development.

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