SVRI Forum 2011: Message from UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General Margo Wallström

The sexual violence research initiative(SVRI)  recently brought together researchers and programmers involved in the response to sexual violence

The SVRI Forum 2011

The meeting took place in Cape Town between 10 – 13 October 2011

This meeting  whose theme was geared around “moving the sexual violence agenda forward” was attended by delegates from all over the world.

Delegates to this meeting were expected to  share and collaborate on a variety of issues with the overall goal of developing base to strengthen responses to victims and to end sexual violence, because sexual abuse on women is a world issue.

SVRI conference themes

The themes of the conference were:

  • Primary prevention (including community based interventions)
  •  Responding to sexual violence: Models of care; and
  •  Conflict and crisis.

The opening speech of the SVRI forum 2011 was given by Margo Wallstrom.

Her speech focused on what needs  to be  put in place to address sexual violence in conflict.



More from the SVRI forum can be obtained from


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