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Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 25th 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 steps he is taking to ensure that victims of sexual violence are consulted during the development of government’s policies 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 UK is fully committed to supporting survivors of conflict-related sexual violence and follows a survivor-centred approach. This includes working closely with survivor networks and organisations to ensure their perspectives inform Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative policy and programming. In October 2019, the British Government announced the appointment of two Survivor Champions who advocate for support for all survivors and children of conflict-related sexual violence. The Champions will ensure survivors voices are integrated into policy discussions and have an impact on policy outcomes.

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