Somali Government welcomes UK’s leadership on Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict and given particular attention to Somalia

By Asad Cabdullahi Mataan

Mustafa Duhulow, the Minister of Information thanked UK’s leadership in hosting the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, which will take place at ExCel London on 10 to 13 June 2014. Foreign Secretary William Hague will co-chair the summit with Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

The Minister of Information said “Our Minister of Women & Human Rights will attend this important Summit for Somalia in order to highlight the plight of Somali women and the progress that has been made regarding sexual violence towards women. Over 100 countries will attend this conference and particular priority has been given to Somalia at this important event. Our aim is to stop all human rights violations in Somalia and, in particular, violence against women.

“The UK Foreign Minister is co-chairing a dedicated session on Somalia at the summit for the Federal Government of Somalia to showcase the National Action Plan on tackling sexual violence. This is an opportunity for the international community to herald the progress Somalia has made in developing a national plan, in consultation with civil society and the regions, and for the Federal Government of Somalia to seek donor support for its implementation. Representatives from regions such as Puntland, Jubba and Galmudug are also attending as part of the Somalia delegation, as well as Somali Civil Society Groups.

“The Federal Government of Somalia is committed to ensure that we fully implement the outcome of the Summit which will include practical steps to reduce all kinds of violence in conflict zones, training needs for soldiers, as well as stopping the culture of impunity in the society, while providing the necessary support to victims and their families. We also hope that the International Community will provide the necessary resources for us to implement all recommendations. ”