Sexual violence in and beyond the 'warzone'

An issue which is often neglected in and after conflict situations, rape and sexual can be used as a deadly weapon. As London prepares to host the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict from 10-13 June 2014, the issue is on the international political agenda.

The event will be co-hosted by the UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague and special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, actor Angelina Jolie whose profile has helped the event gain widespread media coverage.

Organisers say that the summit will be the largest ever gathering on this subject, and aim to create a momentum against sexual violence in conflict and come to practical agreements, identifying specific actions to be taken by the international community.

The Institute of Development Studies has published a Rapid Response Briefing titled 'Addressing Sexual Violence in and beyond the “Warzone”.’

The authors call on world leaders to focus their attention on the multiple forms of sexual violence that occur in all conflict and conflict-affected settings, not just on its use as a ‘weapon of war’.

All Foreign Ministers from the 148 countries that have endorsed the Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict have been invited – does this summit have a chance of making an impact? The summit is open to the public with a variety of events for people get involved wuith, from debates to theatre and film screenings. See the full schedule at the End Sexual Violence in Conflict website.

The Storify below brings together some of the coverage around the summit and will be updated throughout the event. To keep up with the summit on social media follow the hashtag #timetoact, @end_svc on Twitter.

Photo from Amnesty International, under a CC License: A young survivor of sexual violence at a women's and girl's centre in Nicaragua.