G7 Announce New Measures to Prevent Gender Based Violence

In a huge step towards eradicating gender based and sexual violence in conflict situations, the leaders of the Group of Seven have laid out a new plan of action following their recent meeting in Cornwall on 11-13 June 2021.

Read here passage taken from the Carbis Bay G7 Summit Communique outlining the new measures put in place to prevent sexual violence towards women and girls in conflict:

'As democratic societies we support global institutions in their efforts to protect human rights, respect the rule of law and advance gender equality.'

'The advancement of gender equity and equality are a central pillar of our plans and policies to build back better, informed by three key priorities: educating girls, empowering women and ending violence against women and girls.'

'In recognition of increased violence against women and girls during the COVID-19 crisis, we commit to preventing, responding to and eliminating all forms of sexual and gender-based violence (GBV). We will achieve this through women’s empowerment and by scaling-up implementation of evidence based, accessible survivor and victim-centred policies, prevention and support programmes, including through our pandemic response and recovery at home, in partner countries and in conflict zones. We acknowledge our collective responsibility to beneficiaries and partners, their communities, and survivors to do more to address sexual exploitation and abuse in international aid. We condemn GBV against women and girls and denounce the use of sexual violence in conflict situations and underscore that such acts may constitute crimes against humanity or war crimes. We note the varied legal and institutional frameworks which currently address conflict and invite Foreign and Development Ministers to consider how best to strengthen international architecture around conflict-related sexual violence.'

Read the full G7 Summit Communique here: https://www.consilium.europa.eu/media/50361/carbis-bay-g7-summit-commun…