INGOs, Civil Society Organisations and survivors of sexual violence, to highlight the vulnerability of women and girls living in conflict situations.
Ms Jolie Pitt said:
“It was moving and humbling to meet survivors of sexual violence in Kachin State. Organisations like the Women and Girl Centre in Myitkyina are doing everything in their power to help them. But there is an urgent need for more medical assistance and legal and psychosocial support for survivors, and for a strong legal framework to ensure all perpetrators of sexual violence are held accountable."
#PSVI Co-Founder Angelina Jolie Pitt encourages to check voter lists ahead of #Burma election https://t.co/BnEJRA2lRF pic.twitter.com/8aDJmEfAxu— UK in Burma (@ukinburma) July 31, 2015
Co-Founder of the Preventing Sexual Violance Initiative #PSVI Ms. Angelina Jolie Pitt met with participants in the 'She Leads' voter education programme as part of her visit to Rangoon today.
Press Releases, 31 July 2015Geneva, 31 July 2015
UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt travelled to Myitkyina township in Kachin State on Thursday, where over 100,000 people have been displaced since a cease-fire agreement between the Myanmar armed forces and ethnic armed groups broke down in 2011.
She spoke with displaced families and heard about challenges related to access to basic services, particularly health care. A 90-year-old woman described how she has been displaced for most of her life, approximately 10 times since the 1960s, and most recently in 2012.
Jolie Pitt also spoke with a family who had just arrived after fleeing Sumprabum township in northern Kachin State and spending 10 days in the forest. "We have relatives and friends who are still stranded in the forest. They need help urgently," the head of the family said.
Jolie Pitt stressed the importance of humanitarian access to assist the displaced families. No local or international humanitarian actors have been able to access this conflict area since clashes started in late June this year.
"Women and girls need to have a meaningful and active role in the peace process," said the Special Envoy. "With cease-fire talks and the upcoming elections, it's essential that all of Myanmar's people, including those displaced, can be engaged in decisions that affect their future."
Vivian Tan, +95 94500 65968
Kasita Rochanakorn, +95 94480 27892