A campaign launched by Angelina Jolie and William Hague to forestall rape and sexual assault in war zones failed and let down survivors, a watchdog report has claimed.
In 2012, the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI) was launched by then Foreign Secretary Hague and United Nations Special Envoy of the High Commissioner for Refugees Jolie, aiming to ‘raise awareness of the extent of sexual violence against women, men, girls and boys in situations of armed conflict and rally global action to end it’.
However, a evaluation from the help watchdog has discovered that the initiative ‘never had a strategic vision’ due to funding cuts, an absence of senior management and waning ministrerial curiosity, and stated that on account of these points, nothing was achieved to translate their ‘pledges into practical action’.
The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) report – given an amber/purple ranking – stated that survivors who took half in the initiative had been forgotten, studying: ‘In many instances, contact ceased after preliminary engagement, a apply which dangers doing hurt to survivors.
‘Many that participated in the summit did not hear from the team after that point and were unaware of events that have happened since that time.’
In 2014, Angelina co-hosted a summit in London alongside Lord Hague, which was attended by 1,700 politicians, NGO employees, celebrities and survivors, however was criticised on the time for costing 5 instances the funds devoted to sort out rape in war zones for a 12 months.
The ICAI stated that the initiative has ‘not fully delivered on its ambitions and is at risk of letting survivors down’, whereas noting that the funds for the campaign in London fell from 315 million in 2014 to £2 million, and to 34 employees to three staffers and an intern.
The UK was due to host the Time for Justice: Putting Survivors First convention on 18 to 20 November 2019, however postponed the convention due to the final election being introduced for 12 December.
At the time, it was stated: ‘Nevertheless, the UK remains committed to strengthening justice and accountability and supporting all survivors whilst tackling the root causes of conflict-related sexual violence.’
Lord Hague was praised for his ‘strong political leadership’, however the report stated: ‘The initiative benefited initially from strong political leadership, but after the departure of Lord Hague in mid-2014, leadership moved from the level of foreign secretary to special representative. Ministerial interest waned and the PSVI’s staffing and funding ranges dropped precipitously throughout this time.
‘The initiative has no overarching strategy or theory of change, and programming has been fragmented across countries and between the three main contributing departments, the [Foreign Office], the Department for International Development and the Ministry of Defence.’
Lord Tariq Ahmad is presently the Prime Minister’s particular consultant for stopping sexual violence in battle, as of the 2017 basic election.
However, the initiative was praised for launching a protocol on how sexual violence must be documented and carried out, which has led to arrests in Burma and DR Congo, in addition to a hotline for ladies impregnated via rape, the institution of feminine assist shelters, and the provision of medication to victims.
The report really useful that the PSVI’s work must be ‘based on survivor-led design, which has clear protocols in place based in “do no harm” rules’ and that their actions be ’embedded inside a construction which helps efficient design, monitoring and analysis, and allows long-term affect’.
The UK was due to host the Time for Justice: Putting Survivors First convention on 18 to 20 November 2019. However, with the UK basic election now referred to as for 12 December, the federal government has taken the choice to postpone the convention till 2020.
It is anticipated to be held this 12 months.
The Foreign Office stated: ‘This report does not fully recognise the impact of the UK’s management . . . which has mobilised the worldwide neighborhood and introduced actual change for survivors.’
Metro.co.uk has contacted Ms Jolie’s reps for remark.
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