Universal Peace Federation - UK
Mothers of Congo
3.30 – 5.30 pm, July 15th, Committee Room 4A House of Lords
Hosted by the Rt. Hon. Baroness Verma: Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for International Development
Rt. Hon. Baroness Anelay DBE: UK Envoy for the 'Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict' Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Charlotte Simon: Founder of Mothers of Congo
Her Royal Highness Muzvare Betty Makoni: Girl Child Network Worldwide (GCNW)
Keith Best: Former CEO of Freedom from Torture, Director of UK - Universal Peace Federation
We were very happy to see the new resolution on the UN General Assembly declaring June 19th the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict.
Many of us attended the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in Excel highlighted by then Foreign Secretary William Hague, and the actress Angelina Jolie, last year. There are many difficulties to fulfil the goals of the conference. Islamic State has been accused of taking captured women into sexual slavery. In the lawless region of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, despite the presence of the UN MONUSCO troops, the prevention of sexual violence in the ongoing conflict seems very challenging.
Join us to understand better what efforts and progress are being made one year after the Global Summit in Excel focussed the attention of so many dignitaries and Governments on sexual violence in conflict. Please see the Foreign Office page for Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict for UK policies and developments. Photo of Dr Denis Mukwege, Founder and CEO of the Panzi Hospital in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, with Charlotte Simon at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. The Panzi Hospital speciailises in treating the victims of sexual violence.
There will be a number of short contributions from those from areas that have suffered from Sexual Violence in Conflict. Including:
Tatiana Giraud: Founder of TG Foundation
Biba Mundabi Madimba
Christelle K. Ngama
Robin Marsh: UK - UPF Secretary General will also be speaking.
Robin Marsh and Charlotte Simon