Sexual Violence in Conflict: Reclaiming women’s agency through law, policy and practice

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Women, Peace and Security in collaboration with the Nigeria INGO Forum and the Somalia NGO Consortium organised the high level panel discussion 'Sexual violence in conflict: Reclaiming women's agency through law, policy and practice' to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict (19 June). Baroness Hodgson of Abinger CBE chaired the discussion with representatives from Somalia and Nigeria civil society, a global legal expert and the United Kingdom (UK) government constituting the excellent panel. Using north-east Nigeria and Somalia as key examples of protracted conflicts, global and field expert panelists explored and discussed best practices of programming and legislation which stop paying lip service to buzzwords such as inclusion, participation and protection and actually genuinely empower women to be their own agents of change. Welcoming the continuous efforts of the UK government to globally address sexual violence in conflict and their global penholder role for the women, peace and security agenda, the panelists focused their key asks to the UK Government. Overall, the discussion was lively and informative with Rosy Cave from Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) keenly taking stock of the needs and gaps as highlighted by the field colleagues and reiterated the UK's openness and willingness to engage all actors and continue prioritising women within protracted conflicts in a real and genuine way.

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