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Strategy for dealing with sexual exploitation and abuse in developing countries examined

29 October 2020

The International Development Committee takes evidence from experts as part of its inquiry on Sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector: next steps.  


Tuesday 3 November 2020 (Virtual)

  • Please note there is no physical access to Parliament
  • Session will be conducted with remote participation by witnesses and Committee members

At 2.30pm

  • Dr Tamsyn Barton, Chief Commissioner, ICAI
  • Dr Jasmine-Kim Westendorf, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, La Trobe University
  • Dr Miranda Brown, Independent Expert on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
  • Major Charmaine Geldenhuys, Former UN Gender Adviser to the Democratic Republic of Congo

At 3.30pm

  • Dr Tamsyn Barton, Chief Commissioner, ICAI
  • Dr Paul Kirby, Assistant Professorial Research Fellow, Centre for Women, Peace and Security, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Baroness Helić

Purpose of the Session

As part of its inquiry on Sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector: next steps, the Committee will hear from a range of experts from the field on:

  • The findings of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI)’s reviews on ‘Sexual exploitation and abuse by international peacekeepers’ (panel 1) and ‘The UK’s Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative’ (panel 2).
  • The causes and deterrents of sexual exploitation and abuse in peacekeeping contexts and the reforms needed at UN and troop-contributing-country level to prevent and prosecute those allegations. The Committee will hear from witnesses with experience of working in the field and designing training for peacekeepers about the impact that the UN’s response to sexual exploitation and abuse scandals has had on the ground.
  • The progress made by the Government towards delivering its commitments and strategy to end sexual violence in conflict since the Global Summit was held in 2014. The Committee will assess the amount of focus and resources dedicated to its flagship policy by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office since then.

Further information

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