In 2012, the UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and UN Special Envoy for UNHCR Angelina Jolie launched the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative with the objective of destroying the culture of impunity around sexual violence perpetrated as a weapon of war.

In the following years this initiative has gained greater global awareness, all of which will cumulate in London in a few days time in the biggest global meeting on this issue ever convened.

Madeleine Rees holding Time to act sign

WILPF’s Secretary General believes it #TimeToAct

In three days time, WILPF will arrive at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict hosted by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.

WILPF will have a delegation of 31 women, boasting more than 11 nationalities as representatives of WILPF Sections, partner organisations, experts and survivors on sexual violence.

WILPF is there to call for States to focus on prevention by addressing the root causes of conflict. These causes being,

  1. The political economy of power,
  2. Militarism
  3. Violence as an accepted means of conflict resolution

By addressing these causes, sexual violence in conflict can be eradicated.

Learn more about these underlying issues and how WILPF plans to combat them on our website!

During the summit WILPF will be hosting three fringe events:

Tuesday 10th June


The Impact of Escalating Violence on the Lives of Women in Syria

Wednesday 11th June

14:00-16:00 Film Screening

16:00-17:00 Discussion

The Whistleblower Film Screening and Discussion about Exploitation and Trafficking


Gender and War: Impact and Solutions

Also Madeleine Rees will be part of the panel at the Oxfam event, ‘Calling for an inclusive peace in Syria’ on Wednesday the 11th at 13:00. Madeleine will also be speaking at the ‘Global Campaign on Women, Peace and Security’ on Thursday the 12th at 16:00.

All fringe events are open to the public so if you find yourself in London next week, come by and see what WILPF is doing to stop the use of sexual violence as a tactic of war, and make sure to have a look at the summit’s public schedule and see what else might interest you!

Throughout the summit WILPF will be posting here on our international website and also on our social media, in Facebook and Twitter!

If you are a twitter user, follow us during the summit through these hashtags,




Not to worry if you can’t make the summit in London as UK Embassies are hosting events around the world. Have a look at what they are doing close to you!