ESVC Global Summit – June 2014

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The ‘We Will Speak out’ coalition participated the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict on 10-13 June 2014 at ExCel London. The summit was co-chaired by The UK Foreign Secretary and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

The summit recognised the important role of faith leaders and communities in the Chair’s Summary:

“We noted that good laws and international agreements in themselves are not enough if attitudes don’t change. In this respect, faith groups have a key role to play, including in their role providing care, treatment and support for survivors. Through their networks, they often have access and influence with local communities that no other actor has. As such, they are uniquely placed to change hearts and minds, and challenge cultural and social norms, including notions of masculine identity as it affects sexual violence. The Summit recognised the need to engage faith-based organisations as active partners in the fight against sexual violence, both in helping to formulate strategy and in providing front-line support to survivors.”

The Global summit was was the largest gathering ever brought together on the subject, with 1,700 delegates and 129 country delegations including 79 Ministers. The Summit agreed practical steps to tackle impunity for the use of rape as a weapon of war, and to begin to change global attitudes to these crimes.

Read the Statement of Action and visit the official website for more details.