Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict

Posted by Sarah Sewall
June 10, 2014
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This week, I will attend the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London.  This summit is expected to be the largest-ever gathering on sexual violence in conflict, and will bring together over 1,200 policymakers, experts, military personnel, and members of the public.  The United States is sending a delegation of nearly 30 representatives of government, because we believe that gender-based violence (GBV) isn’t just an abhorrent abuse of human rights -- it is also an issue of national security.

The task to eliminate sexual violence in conflict is vast, but we can get there, with coordinated and concerted action on both the international and domestic level.  Even just naming it for what it is -- a violation of human rights against women and girls but also men and boys -- is a significant first step.  This summit will provide a forum for the global community to share best practices and work toward our significant, shared goal. 

I hope you will follow along with the conference online, whether by watching the livestream of event or joining us on social media.

About the Author: Sarah Sewall serves as Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights. You can follow Under Secretary Sewall on Twitter @CivSecatState.

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