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Ending Sexual Violence: conference held in Kigali

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On 17 June 2014 the British High Commission in Kigali held a conference to discuss the outcomes of the ESVC London Summit outcomes

On 17 June 2014 the British High Commission in Kigali brought together representatives of the Rwandan Government and the Rwandan National Police, members of parliament, civil society and journalists to discuss the outcomes of the Global Summit on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict. The Global Summit was co-hosted in London in June 2014 by the UK Foreign Secretary, the Rt Hon William Hague, and the Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie, as part of their Initiative to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. Sexual violence in conflict is one of the greatest and most persistent injustices in the world today. It is also one of the most neglected. Sexual violence adds to ethnic, sectarian and other divisions, which engrains conflict and instability, and it leaves horrendous physical and psychological scars on its victims.
Participants at the Kigali conference discussed the implications of the Summit outcomes for Rwanda, and practical next steps to tackle sexual violence in conflict and it’s legacy. A full conference report is available: ESVC Conference in Kigali.docx