ANDAmong the participants are the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Nadia Murad, an Iraqi woman who was a sex slave for the terrorist group Islamic State (IS), the co-winner, the Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege, and the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan .
Actress and director Angelina Jolie will send a video message, and the Countess of Wessex, Sofia, wife of Prince Edward, will intervene as an activist on this issue.
Other survivors, ministers and representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will also be present.
The conference marks the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative by then Foreign Minister William Hague with Angelina Jolie, at the time Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, who was then António Guterres , currently Secretary-General of the UN.
Since then, the UK has mobilized over £46 million (€53.4 million) across at least 100 Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict (PSVI) projects in 29 countries.
At the opening of the conference, British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly will announce a new funding package of up to £12.5 million (€14.5 million) for a new three-year strategy to tackle sexual violence. in conflicts.
Developed with survivors, subject matter experts, parliamentarians, academics and NGOs, the strategy focuses on seven countries: Ukraine, Bosnia, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Iraq and South Sudan.
According to the British Government, host of the event, about 20 to 30% of women and girls in places affected by conflict are victims of sexual violence.
“The threat of rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war should prompt immediate international condemnation, and swift action to end these attacks before they begin,” Cleverly said, according to excerpts from the speech anticipated in a statement.
The minister said that, in addition to solidarity with the victims, he also intends to “send an unequivocal message to those who order, allow or perpetrate sexual violence: we will not tolerate it and we will insist that the perpetrators be prosecuted”.
According to the statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a new partnership will be launched between the British Government and the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court for the use of virtual reality technology that makes the testimony of survivors at the ICC less traumatic.
The UK will also support a new initiative to increase prosecutions and strengthen other forms of justice.
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