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High Level Panel Discussion on Addressing Sexual Violence in Somalia, 3 March 2015

LAW held a ground breaking high level panel discussion on addressing sexual violence in Mogadishu on 3 March 2015. Antonia Mulvey, the Executive Director chaired an eminent panel comprising of Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission to AMISOM (SRCC), The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), EU Ambassador to Somalia, the Minister of Women and Human Rights Development and Fartun Adan, Director of the Elman Centre, a prominent human rights NGO based in Mogadishu.

Panellists discussed sexual violence in Somalia and specifically allegations against the AMISOM peacekeeping mission. It was the first discussion of its kind and we identified concrete ways forward and will hold a second discussion in 6 months. Panellists opened up for questions from an audience of more than 60 people comprised of civil society, UN, AMISOM and INGOs.

Please see here the joint statement from the AU/UN resulting from our discussion.