Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

end violence against women summit

Seen all the ads about the upcoming Global Summit being organised by the UK government but not certain what it is about?

You can become involved by attending – its free and open to everyone – just go to the ExCel Centre 10-12 June 9.00 – 20.30 (last entry 19.15)

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The Summit

From Tuesday 10th June to Friday 13th June the UK Foreign Secretary William Hague, and the Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie, will join forces to host the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict at the London ExCeL Centre.

The Summit aims to build on the momentum from the launch of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) in May 2012 which aims to end the culture of impunity for the use of sexual violence in conflict.

The summit will be the largest international gathering ever held on this issue and will take place over 4 days:

  • Tuesday 10th June – the youth day will focus on contributions that younger people can make to help end sexual violence in conflict
  • Wednesday 11th June – the experts/officials day will look at the range of issues surrounding sexual violence in conflict and discuss recommendations for future action
  • Thursday 12th June – the ministerial working day provides ministers with the opportunity to discuss issues of interest with each other
  • Friday 13th June – the final day will give delegates the opportunity to unite in their promise to take action


Fringe Events

An important aspect of the Summit is the Fringe – with a host of activities run by civil society organistions and participating countries. The Fringe will contain over 60 debates and discussions, a marketplace, gallery, interactive events, a theatre and performance space.

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We have been involved in organising and supporting a number of activities:

Tuesday  10 June 13.15 – 14.45 mock trial – open performance space

Wednesday  11 June 15.00 – 16.30 mock trial – open performance space

Thursday  12 June 10.45 – 12.15 mock trial – open performance space

18.30 – 20.00 Round table – This event will take place in Room 5


Mock Trial: Has 1325 been effective?

Have any of the UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace & Security worked – we are putting them on trial to see.  You the audience are the jury – come and hear the evidence and be the jury.



The Judge will put forward the key questions for the trial to cover.  The Counsel for the Defence will use evidence and witness testimony to show that 1325 and other resolutions have made a difference. The Counsel for the Prosecution will put the case that 1325 and the other six related resolutions have not made significant difference.  Once the Judge has summarised the case, you, the jury, will vote on what you think the verdict should be.  There will be time for questions and comments to the judge, prosecutor, defence and witnesses. Learn about the achievements of the WPS resolutions, what more can be done and have your say.

Witnesses are women from conflict and post conflict regions with Judge, Prosecutor and Defence experts in international law including QC and barristers from 9 Bedford Row Chambers and Cherie Booth CBE QC, Professor Christine Chinkin Professor of International Law at LSE and member of Matrix Chambers and Dr Anne-Marie Goetz Director of Women, Peace & Security UN Women as judges.


1325 Trial Round Table discussion

Thur 12 June 18.30 – 20.00 panel – Room 5

Have any of the UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace & Security worked – what are the lessons learnt from the evaluation of the effectiveness of these resolutions. Experts and women from conflict countries will give their view.  Come and share yours.



There have been a number of Security Council Resolutions regarding Women, Peace and Security building on 1325.  But how effective have they been?  What lessons can be learnt?  How can we use these mechanisms to improve the life of people in conflict and post conflict countries?  What have we learnt about Security Council resolutions and the way that civil society use them and what difference can this make for the future?  This expert panel will cover these issues.  It is an interactive session so you can participate too.  We will be building on the outcomes of the 1325 on Trial – Mock Trials that have taken place during the summit.


The events are being filmed and a short film will be created for online screening.  In addition Sky will be filming the event as part of their coverage of the Summit.

Entry is free.

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Other events we’re supporting

In addition we are supporting BACA Jewellery – a social enterprise enabling survivors of trafficking set up their own business making jewellery.  They are having a market stall selling the jewellery made by the trafficking survivors.  They are also having two workshops each day sharing the vision of how creativity can help overcome severe trauma led by the jewellery designers with attendees making their own jewellery to take home with them.  We have also enabled a number of films to be shown at the summit cinema.

We are also supporting the National Alliance of Women’s Organisations which is hosting two events – one panel chaired by  Rt. Hon. Nicky Morgan MP, Minister for Women (June 11  3-4pm – Room 1) and one event organised by the NAWO youth caucus ( 5pm-6.30pm June 10, Room 5).

We have enabled a number of experts to attend from Uganda, Algeria, Sudan, Iraq and Libya.. This will give them the opportunity to highlight women’s rights issues in their respective countries, as well as provide first-hand testimonials of the repercussions of violence against women and girls.


Please come and see us at the ExCeL Centre and learn more about the Security Council Resolutions and how they are working

Find out more about the ESVC Summit


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We believe strongly in the importance of equality and fairness and this is why we are supporting this event.