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In London, from June 10-13th, Foreign Secretary William Hague and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, co-chaired the largest global meeting on the issue of sexual violence in conflict ever convened. Alongside invited governments, legal, military and judicial practitioners, representatives from multilateral organizations, NGOs and civil society, WILPF was there in force! As the longest serving women peace movement, we highlighted the silence that exists on weapons and profits made from sexual violence; and brought attention to the fact that ending violence and eliminating its causes is a critical element in preventing conflict and sexual violence. WILPF called attention to three of these root causes of conflict during our events at the Summit: patriarchy, armament, and exclusion. The three events that reflected these causes were:
1) "The Whistleblower" film screening with a discussion about exploitation and trafficking;
2) Panel discussion on the impact of escalating violence on the lives of women in Syria;
3) Panel discussion on gender and war -- impact and solutions.
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On October 18th 2013, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a new resolution on women, peace and security (S/RES/2122) which is the seventh resolution under the Women, Peace and Security agenda.Read more about the debate and resolution on PeaceWomen's Debate Watch here.
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