Baroness Anelay has today been appointed as the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict.
The appointment comes a year after the summit which brought together 120 countries to prevent rape and sexual violence being used in war. The role had previously been co-ordinated by William Hague who retired from the House of Commons at the 2015 General Election. In a statement Baroness Anelay said:
“I am honoured to have been asked to take over from Mr Hague in leading this vital work across government. I look forward to taking our efforts to end the appalling scourge of sexual violence in conflict to the next level.
I am proud of everything the Initiative has achieved in the last three years including the launch of the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict, our support for conflict-affected countries such as the DRC, Iraq and Bosnia and of course the enormously successful Summit last June.
There is still much more to do. I am looking forward to working with civil society, governments, international organisations and survivors to ensure that we drive forward the campaign to end sexual violence in conflict once and for all”.