LONDON- Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Mr Sartaj Aziz is representing Pakistan at "Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict" being held in London.
Adviser Aziz is attending the summit on the invitation of the British Government. Speaking at the Ministerial Dialogue on the theme "Hidden Victims of Sexual Violence," the Adviser said that there was a need for greater International recognition of not only the existence in large numbers of hidden victims of sexual violence but also the fact that they were the most vulnerable and neglected group of people. He said that the hidden victims were affected by societal and cultural issues. He pointed out that the normal mechanisms of data collection and identification of the victims was not enough and there was a need for new innovative approaches. He called upon greater collaboration between the civil society organizations and the media in highlighting the issue and raising public awareness. Effective response to the issue could be strengthened, both at the national and regional levels, through various measures including comprehensive data collection, sharing of information, creation of regional networks, strong public-private partnerships and capacity building of local organizations. Mr Aziz commended the efforts of the organizers and hoped that the dialogue would help protect the most vulnerable and forgotten victims of sexual violence and bring the perpetrators of sexual violence to justice. British Foreign Secretary William Hague and the Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Angelina Jolie are co-chairing the four-day summit. The main objective of the initiative is to create irreversible momentum against sexual violence in conflict and practical action that impacts those on the ground.