State Department Officials Address Gender-Based Violence, Global Summit

Two posts in the U.S. State Department’s “DipNote” blog address issues to be discussed this week at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, taking place in London.

DipNote: Let There Be No Hiding Place for Rapists in War
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who will attend the summit, writes, “We must communicate a unified stance with a single, loud voice: there is no place in the civilized world for those who commit acts of sexual violence…” (6/9).

DipNote: Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict
Sarah Sewall, under secretary of state for civilian security, democracy, and human rights, notes, “The United States is sending a delegation of nearly 30 representatives of government, because we believe that gender-based violence (GBV) isn’t just an abhorrent abuse of human rights — it is also an issue of national security…” (6/10).