International Summit on Sexual Violence in Conflict opens in London

Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague and the Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie, are hosting an international conference on sexual violence in conflict this week in London. The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict will take place from 10-13 June.

The event is a key element of the UK’s Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative, of which Australia’s Foreign Minister the Hon Julie Bishop is an official champion.

Natasha Stott Despoja, AM, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, is leading Australia’s delegation and will be joined by the Chief of the Australian Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO.

The Summit is an opportunity to identify, and commit to, practical action to prevent and respond to sexual violence. Representatives of governments, including military and judiciary, civil society, media and the public will participate in the Summit. It will be the largest international event held on the issue of sexual violence in conflict, and aims to create both an irreversible momentum and practical action that impacts those on the ground.