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Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict: closing comment

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At the close of the Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London, ActionAid spokesperson Michelle Higelin said that the hard work starts now. 

“The summit has been an important starting point for bringing attention to the urgent issue of sexual violence in conflict. It has sent a strong message around the world that rape in war can and must be stopped. But the hard work starts now.

“For the summit to make a difference to women on the ground, governments have to take concrete steps to end impunity as well as prevent violence before it takes place.

“They must also commit significant funding to this issue and ensure survivors are safe to speak out and have access to comprehensive support.”


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Notes to Editors:

  • The Foreign Secretary, William Hague and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, co-chaired the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict on 10 — 13 June 2014 at ExCel London.
  • It is the largest gathering ever brought together on this subject, with a view to creating irreversible momentum against sexual violence in conflict and practical action that impact those on the ground.

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