On 19 June 2019, LAW celebrated its fifth birthday and the launch of Legal Action in Lebanon. The event was held on the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, in order to bring attention to ongoing sexual violence committed in conflict globally and to highlight the work LAW is doing both in Lebanon and globally to increase access to justice for the survivors of these violations and abuses.
The event was attended by approximately 100 guests from Embassies, United Nations agencies, national and international non-governmental organisations and journalists. The speakers at the event were United Kingdom Ambassador Chris Rampling, European Union Ambassador Christina Lassen, and LAW’s Founder and Executive Director Antonia Mulvey. His Excellency Ambassador Rampling highlighted the work of UK government’s Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI) and described LAW as an organisation that is ‘strengthening justice for survivors and shattering the culture of impunity.’ The EU Ambassador spoke about the work LAW does to provide vital legal support to migrant domestic workers, a particularly under-served community. Antonia called for all partners to work together to help ‘turn victims of sexual violence into survivors, and to shift the shame of sexual violence from the survivors to the perpetrators.’