||<p>Ending sexual violence in conflict, and indeed all forms of violence against women
and girls in all settings, is a priority for the UK government. We welcome the successful
adoption of the UN Security Council resolution on sexual violence in conflict, recognising
the need for an integrated, effective, international approach to tackling such violence.
The resolution adds to previous resolutions, for example highlighting the need to
take a survivor-centred approach.</p><p> </p><p>However, the UK deeply regrets that
language on services for survivors of sexual violence, recognising the acute need
for those services to include comprehensive reproductive and sexual health services,
including safe termination of pregnancy, did not meet with all Council members’ support
and does not appear in the text. It is essential that we maintain the progress that
we have made on this issue in previous Council resolutions. The UK will continue to
champion, defend and support comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights
(SRHR) for survivors of sexual violence and all women and girls around the world.
Following the vote, several likeminded members states also expressed their disappointment
at the watering down of the language on SRHR. This is the first time that so many
member states have spoken out in support of SRHR at the UN Security Council.</p>