CARE at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict
CARE had a big presence at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict (held in London in June 2014) – taking our calls for action to the policy table, contributing to the official Summit working sessions, and holding two public debates in the Summit Fringe about engaging men and boys in efforts to end sexual violence.
What happened at our Summit events?
When the soldiers come home brought together experts from the UK, Rwanda and the Balkans to ask what happens when the trauma of war moves from the front line to the family. It was chaired by Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, who said:
"What CARE has been trying to say today (at our event) and with their programmes engaging men and boys in places like Rwanda and the Balkans is that we have to look at the root causes of the problems... This is something we all need to take to heart and play our part in."
Tackling root causes of violence against women: Engaging men and boys brought together key experts and policy-makers to ask: what more can you do to engage men and boys in preventing sexual and gender-based violence? Panellists included Catherine Russell, US Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues (speaking below), and (from left to right) Innocent Zahinda, Stephenie Foster, Dr Gary Barker, and CARE's John Crownover and Sofia Sprechmann.
Read what people said at the Tackling root causes of violence: Engaging men and boys event.
CARE has been a supporter of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative from the outset. CARE sits on the steering board advising the government, and has hosted a visit by Hague and Jolie to visit projects in the DRC last year.
We have also been adding our experience on what works and is needed into discussions – and we have always argued that justice is only part of a wider strategy needed to prevent and respond to sexual violence.
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