Ending sexual violence in conflict

International Alert is hosting a panel discussion at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict (ESVC) at the ExCeL Centre, London on 11 June.

The ESVC summit will bring together survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, experts, NGOs and government delegations from over 150 countries, and is co-chaired by UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie.

Our panel, entitled ‘Locating ESVC in the broader gender, peace and security context’, will feature experts from several peacebuilding organisations, who will share their experience of implementing ESVC in several countries in Asia and Africa, with a particular focus on Somalia and Pakistan. They will also discuss the common issues raised by working on sexual violence in conflict-affected settings.

We will highlight some of the key but often under-researched issues related to tackling sexual violence, including looking at the interplay of different types of violence and sexual violence, addressing the vulnerabilities of men, boys and LGBT individuals, and exploring the unintended consequences of working on ESVC.

The panel will also illustrate the importance of adopting more comprehensive approaches to ESVC, including taking into account cultural specificities. Moreover, the issue will be placed within the broader policy framework, such as the UN Action Plan on 1325 and the post-2015 debate.

The discussion will draw on the experience of the key organisations participating, including International Alert, CISP, DCAF and Saferworld.

If you work on gender and would like to attend our debate, you can find out more about the global summit here.

Find out more about our work on gender and peacebuilding here.