UK commits further funds to prevent sexual and gender based violence
The UK Foreign Office recently announced a further £5 million in funding to support organisations around the world involved in tackling sexual violence in conflict and eliminating violence against women and girls.
The UK’s Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) was launched just over a year ago by UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and this year resulted in a historic declaration by G8 Foreign Ministers containing a number of legal, political and practical commitments. The G8 Declaration endorsed the development of a new International Protocol on the investigation and documentation of rape and sexual violence in conflict.
The UK has also established a team of experts who help strengthen the capacity of other governments, authorities and organisations to investigate allegations of sexual violence. Since their establishment the team have been sent to the Syrian border, Mali and Libya. The team also plan to visit South Sudan, Somalia and DRC.
The British High Commission Banjul will forward on to Gambian organisations details of how to bid for funds once details become available.
For more information on the UK’s Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative please see –