Ahead of this week’s summit to end sexual violence in conflict, the Lib Dem peer appeals for a coordinated and integrated approach to tackling the appalling crimes.
This week, Foreign Secretary William Hague and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN, will co-chair a three dayGlobal Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. World leaders and experts will gather in London with the aim of creating the political momentum to finally end the use of rape as a weapon of war.
Sexual violence is one of the most appalling crimes committed during conflict; it destroys lives and ravages of communities. It represents a scorched earth-policy that blights reconciliation processes and entrenches conflict in the minds of its victims. To end these atrocities, we need strong political leadership and international coalitions prepared to say – as previous leaders have done with chemical and biological weapons – “this ends now”.
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