Secretary of State John Kerry and United Kingdom Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs William Hague will host a discussion on ending and preventing sexual violence in conflict situations on February 25, 2014, 1:45 p.m., at the Department of State.
It will focus on the United States, United Nations, and United Kingdom’s joint efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence in conflict situations and ongoing efforts to protect and empower vulnerable populations during conflict and humanitarian emergencies.
The discussion will be moderated by Katherine Weymouth, Chief Executive Officer and Publisher of The Washington Post. Zainab Hawa Bangura, UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, and Catherine Russell, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, will also participate in the discussion.
Secretary Kerry and Foreign Secretary Hague will speak on joint efforts regarding the United Kingdom’s Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI) – a flagship initiative of the United Kingdom’s presidency of the G-8 adopted in 2013. They will also discuss the UK’s plans for the upcoming June 2014 London conference aimed at spurring international attention around the issue of sexual violence.
Other topics to be addressed include the Call to Action on Protecting Women and Girls in Emergencies, currently led by the United States and launched by the United Kingdom in 2013, as well as the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2106 on sexual violence in conflict, which was adopted in June 2013.
The event will be streamed live on www.state.gov
and will be tweeted live from @StateDeptLIVE using #TimetoAct and #GBV.
Pre-set time for cameras: 12:45 p.m. from the 23rd Street Lobby.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 1:15 p.m. from the 23rd Street Lobby.
Media representatives may attend this briefing upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification (driver’s license or passport).