Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict


The Foreign Secretary and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, co-chaired the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict on 10-13 June 2014 at ExCel London.

This was the largest gathering ever brought together on the subject, with 1,700 delegates and 129 country delegations including 79 Ministers. The Summit agreed practical steps to tackle impunity for the use of rape as a weapon of war, and to begin to change global attitudes to these crimes.

During the Summit there were over 175 public events in London, and an 84-hour global relay of events around the world.

Najia Karimi the executive director of HAWCA was invited to this event by Womankind Worldwide.

‘Different contexts, shared reality: working with women and girls facing conflict’

This was a joint event with GAPS, IRC and Womankind. Speakers included Magdalena Aquilin Mlolere and Najia Karimi – alongside Heidi Lehmann (IRC), Sir John Holmes and Nick Dyer, Director General Policy and Programmed. The panelists shared their experiences and approaches responding to violence against women and girls in conflict; illustrating what it means to reach women and girls in conflict affected areas and provide holistic services to violence survivors.

Meeting with Foreign Affairs Select Committee at the British Parliament

Najia Karimi was one of the Afghan delegates who had the chance to meet with the British Foreign Affairs Select Committee and talk about the Afghan women condition and the activities of HAWCA.