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#TimeToAct: 84 hours of global action to end sexual violence in conflict

From early morning on Tuesday 10 June there will be 84 hours of global action to highlight the fight against sexual violence in conflict.

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#TimeToAct projection on the Coliseum in Rome, March 2013

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 Global Summit Fringe is open to the public from 10-12 June. Events are free and the full programme is available here.

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.

You can find out more about events taking place in your country during the Global Summit by contacting your local British Embassy or High Commission.

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Published 1 June 2014