Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI)

International Conference

18-20 November 2019
Church House, London, SW1P 3NZ

The PSVI international conference, ‘Time for Justice: Putting Survivors First’ has been postponed by the UK government following the decision to call a General Election on December 12. UK Cabinet guidelines for the period before a general election restrict us in the activities that we can undertake and under these circumstances we would have to significantly recast the nature and ambition of the conference. We hope it will be possible to reconvene in 2020 with a similar level of ambition and we will update this platform when the new arrangements have been confirmed. Thank you for your understanding in the meantime.

Why is the UK Hosting
A Global Conference?

Today, rape and other forms of sexual violence are still used as weapons of war in conflicts the world over. These crimes range from opportunistic acts of brutality to deliberate torture and systematic campaigns of ethnic cleansing. The UK, together with our international partners, including survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, are striving to end this horror and the false sense of inevitability surrounding sexual violence in conflict, and to support all survivors, including children born of rape.

At the 2014 Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, we told the world that it was #TimeToAct. Five years on from the Global Summit, Lord Ahmad, the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, will host our next global PSVI event: Time for Justice: Putting Survivors First, in London on 18-20 November 2019. We will celebrate progress to date, but more importantly, focus on deliverables that make real change to the lives of survivors and seek to end sexual violence in conflict. There is no room for excuses; conflict-related sexual violence is preventable. We must act now.

Conference Objectives

Applying a survivor-centred approach, our primary objective will be to strengthen justice for survivors and hold the perpetrators of these horrific crimes to account (#TimeforJustice). The UK will seek to do this through a number of commitments and actions, including:

  • Strengthen investigation of conflict-related sexual violence in support of national and international criminal justice processes;
  • Launch the Murad Code, which will ensure that international standards and best practice are upheld by donors, international organisations and civil society when gathering and preserving evidence; and,
  • Champion wider restorative justice efforts for survivors, including support to the Mukwege Foundation’s International Fund for Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence.

We will also focus on preventing and deterring sexual violence. International faith and belief leaders will issue a ‘Declaration of Humanity’ to end sexual violence in conflict and to tackle the stigma so often faced by survivors.

Format and Participation

The three-day conference will be inclusive; uniting key stakeholders to achieve tangible impact on tackling sexual violence in conflict, and include survivor perspectives throughout. We expect high-level participation from a range of governments, international organisations, and civil society stakeholders, including survivors.

The first two days will consist of thematic and regional sessions with opportunities for states, international agencies, NGOs, civil society and survivors to share what works and lessons learned. Key findings and recommendations from the first two days will feed into an inclusive high level ministerial plenary event, which will include survivors and civil society, to agree commitments, next steps and a conference communique.

PSVI Film Competition

We have launched the PSVI film competition for filmmakers around the world to submit PSVI related films, to raise awareness of sexual violence in conflict and help to tackle the stigma faced by survivors. The competition provides a chance for filmmakers to build their profile and showcase their talent to a global audience, with winning and highly-commended entries being screened at the conference, and promoted across FCO’s global network. The competition is now closed for entry, and the winners will be announced at the conference on Tuesday 19 November.

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