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Prime Minister's Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict examined

16 November 2020

Marking the second evidence session on sexual exploitation and abuse this week, the International Development Committee will be scrutinising the Independent Commission for Aid Impact’s (ICAI) review on the UK’s Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI). The Committee will also be touching on the ICAI review on Sexual exploitation and abuse by international peacekeepers.

Thursday 19 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 10.00am

  • Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict and Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth at Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
  • Katy Ransome, Head of the Gender Equality Unit, FCDO
  • James Kariuki, Multilateral Policy Director, FCDO

Purpose of the Session

During this session, the Committee will be asking Minister Lord Ahmad and officials on PSVI, and in particular what progress has been made since the Global summit on sexual violence in conflict held in 2014. ICAI had found that PSVI had been deprioritised since 2014 and has seen its resources slashed. This Ministerial session represents the final evidence session of this inquiry.

The session will also ask why UN policies to prevent SEA in peacekeeping contexts have been so slow to translate into real changes in the field and what more the UK could do bilaterally to hold troop-contributing countries to account.

This session is in addition to an evidence session tomorrow, Tuesday 17 November, on the Sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector: next steps inquiry. However, the findings of this session with Lord Ahmad may build the evidence base for the report on Sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector: next steps.

Further information

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