UK announces support for victims of sexual violence in conflictListen /
By the end of this year a team of experts from the United Kingdom will be ready to deploy to conflict areas to assist survivors of sexual violence and other forms of gender-related abuse.
The announcement was made by UK Foreign Secretary William Hague at the United Nations on Tuesday.
"It is part of our campaign to tackle impunity; to make sure that people cannot use rape as a weapon of war and think they can get away with it." (Duration: 10″)
He added that one million pounds (approximately $1.6 million) will also be given to the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.
Foreign Secretary Hague co-hosted a high-level UN meeting on preventing sexual violence in conflict.
He said the issue will be a major theme of the UK presidency of the G8 next year. The G8 brings together eight of the world's largest economies.