Grand Duchess joins fight to end sexual violence in conflict

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(CS) Luxembourg Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn on Thursday travelled to London for the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.

The summit brings together representatives of governments, armies, NGOs and civil society from around the world, in a bid to put an end to the suffering of women and children who become victims of sexual violence in war and conflict.

Co-hosted by UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, the summit also aims to establish international standards for documenting, investigating and ultimately bringing to justice perpetrators of rape and sexual violence in conflict.

The summit wants to raise awareness among soldiers and peacekeepers to understand the gravity of sexual violence in conflict in a bid to prevent such crimes and protect the people. Additionally, the summit wants to help increase support for survivors and produce a change in attitudes so that people, governments and faith leaders around the world together condemn sexual violence in conflict and take an active role in ending this crime.

The Grand Duchess, who is also a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, and Asselborn took part in a number of working groups, meeting with representatives from around the globe to discuss the issue and help make change happen.

Under the hashtag #TimeToAct, the summit invites members of the wider public to join the debate on Twitter. For more information about the summit, which continues until Friday visit the official homepage or like the summit on Facebook for regular updates.

The British embassy in Luxembourg earlier this week also joined the campaign.