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G8 summit: ministers discuss ending sexual violence

Category: Gender based violence 

Combating the use of rape and sexual violence in conflict will be on the agenda today when foreign ministers from the G8 group of wealthy countries meet in London for a two-day summit.

Britain holds the presidency of the G8 and is pushing for a new international protocol on the investigation of sexual violence in conflict situations and assistance to affected countries.

Last month, Channel 4 News travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with Foreign Secretary William Hague and Hollywood actress and UN special envoy Angelina Jolie, who are campaigning against the use of rape as a weapon of war.

They spoke to survivors of sexual violence and talked to doctors and lawyers about what can be done to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Mr Hague also announced funds to help survivors and improve healthcare in DRC.

Urgent issues

Ministers from the UK, US, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Canada and Russia are likely to discuss urgent foreign policy issues, including North Korea, Syria and Iran.

But the British presidency is also pushing for action on Somalia, which it sees as an important security issue.

The government wants the help of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank to support growth and economic development.

It is also pressing for international investment in Burma and Arab Spring countries.



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