France and UK renew their commitment ahead of the PSVI international conference in November 2019 (1/2)
On the 12th of March in anticipation of the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI) international conference in London in November and in commemoration of International Women’s Rights Day, France and the UK reinforced their commitment to fighting sexual violence.
The women’s rights week celebration in Abuja was an opportunity to send a strong message of enhanced cooperation between France and United Kingdom to promote the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, adopted by the UN Security Council resolution 1325 in 2000, which will also mark its 20th year in 2020. France and UK strongly committed to tackling sexual violence in conflict, ahead of the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI) international conference in London in November 2019, five years on from the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.
Founded in 2012 by former Foreign Secretary Lord William Hague of Richmond and United Nations Special Envoy of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Angelina Jolie Pitt, PSVI aims to advocate for a global action to end sexual violence against women, men, girls and boys in situations of armed conflict but also to foster collaboration between foreign governments, the UN, international organisations and civil society to address this issue.
In this video, Comfort Lamptey, UN Women Country Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS based in Abuja, responds to a few questions regarding this initiative. Before joining UN Women, Ms. Lamptey was a Senior Gender Advisor to the United Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and worked for several UN Departments and organizations (UN Department of Peacekeping Operations, UNHCR, UN Development Fund for Women). Prior to joining the UN, she worked with a London-based NGO, International alert and served on various technical committees and as a Board member to a number of African based organizations working in the field of peace and development.