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Those present at the event to show their support for the initiative included Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Mulia Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Haji Othman, Brunei Commissioner for Women’s Rights Hajah Mordiah Haji Jackia, and Brunei ACWC Representative and President of the Brunei Welfare Council Datin Paduka Hajah Intan Haji Mohd Kassim.
British High Commissioner David Campbell said:
Over 150 countries, including Brunei Darussalam, have now signed the UN Declaration to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. We want to maximize the global awareness raised by this week’s London Summit. Above all, we want the summit to deliver real practical actions. As a valued UN peacekeeping contributor, Brunei can help bring about positive change.
Guests signed a ‘End Sexual Violence in Conflict’ board in red ink and took a group photo in front of Kampung Ayer with ‘End Sexual Violence in Conflict’ banners to show their support for the initiative and the Global Summit. Videos of the Foreign Secretary William Hague and Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie as well as an animation entitled “Don’t believe the thumbnail, this video is the stuff of nightmares” that was commissioned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
From Tuesday 10 June there will be 84 hours of global action to highlight the fight against sexual violence in conflict. Events will take place around the world from Astana to Zagreb including a #TimeToAct hot-air balloon, street art and the illumination of iconic landmarks.
The global event relay will be key part of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, which is taking place at the ExCel Centre in London from 10 – 13 June.
The Summit’s aim is to create irreversible momentum against sexual violence in conflict and practical action that impacts those on the ground. Over 145 governments, alongside international organisations and NGOs will be taking part in the Summit, the biggest international event ever on this issue. The Summit will focus on agreeing practical action to shatter impunity for perpetrators of crimes of sexual violence in conflict, support survivors and develop international co-ordination.
Sexual violence has been used as a weapon of war in conflicts worldwide. It destroys lives and damages communities, and affects men, women and children of all ages.