Anförande av utrikesminister Margot Wallström vid sidoevent om Call to Action

New York, 22 september 2016.

Det talade ordet gäller.

Excellencies, dear friends on the podium and in the room

It is a great pleasure to host this event together with OCHA and the International Rescue Committee, to address the important issue of gender equality and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).

I would like to begin by expressing my gratitude to the United Kingdom and the United States for their dedication and engagement shown as former leaders of the Call to Action.

I would also like to express my appreciation to the states and humanitarian agencies in Call to Action, who have committed themselves to prevent and respond to SGBV.

We know that in conflicts, natural disasters and other humanitarian emergencies, the threat of sexual and gender-based violence increases. We know disasters are not gender-neutral, and we have to be honest; we have not done enough to ensure that humanitarian aid is targeting the needs of women and girls.

In July the United Nations Mission in South Sudan the international community received reports of widespread sexual violence, including rape and gang rape, of women and young girls, by soldiers and unidentified armed groups of men. Again we had failed.

I would like to use this opportunity to say a few words about how we can address the issue of SGBV using the initiative Call to Action.

In May this year, we gathered in Istanbul at the World Humanitarian Summit. The results were a total of over 500 ambitious commitments on gender.

Now we must act together, as partners. And I am proud to say we are not alone in this conviction;

The initiative Call to Action has the aim of fundamentally transform the way SGBV is addressed in humanitarian emergencies. Today, 57 partners have joined, but this is only the beginning.

We need to bring awareness, knowledge and financing to the table; and we need to enhance gender equality. One element in this endeavor is ensuring accountability for these crimes and violations.

First we must make sure the issue stays on the international agenda. Sweden will ensure a gender perspective is integrated in all our humanitarian aid and we will keep working towards integrating SGBV into relevant resolutions.

Secondly, as a donor we will in dialogue with humanitarian actors, work for close cooperation with, and increased support to, local actors. Today I am looking forward to hear your stories and experiences.

Lastly, we have an overarching challenge: engaging with men and boys.

Violence against women is not merely a women's issue. Men´s voice in advocating against SGBV is urgently needed

Although the Democratic Republic of Congo is perhaps better known for its cases of domestic and conflict-related sexual violence, it is in fact home to many successful strategies for engaging men in preventing violent male behavior. I am proud to say that Sweden supports this work.

I assure you that Sweden is committed to leading and advancing the Call to Action initiative - by striving to expand the partnership, and by supporting the effective implementation of the Road Map. We look forward to working with all of you in realising the Call to Action goal.

Now I am honoured to introduce the next speaker; a great colleague of mine; Ms Sarah Sewall, Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights at the U.S. Department of State.

Thank you.