MADRE Human Rights Advocacy Director, Lisa Davis, testified before the United Kingdom’s House of the Lords Select Committee on Sexual Violence in Conflict. The hearing gathered advocates and policymakers to provide evidence on the scale and impact of sexual violence in both Iraq and Syria’s current crises.
Lisa’s testimony stressed the need to recognize sexual violence in conflict as part of a continuum of beliefs and actions that give rise to gender-based violence and discrimination. She also called attention to the rising tide of grave human rights violations against LGBT individuals during times of political instability.
Lisa recommended the implementation of a comprehensive strategy to address and prevent the use of rape as a weapon of war. The strategy calls on international leaders to adopt a rights-based approach that supports the emergency response efforts of local Iraqi and Syrian women's groups and prioritizes the participation of women in peace strategies.