Taking Action to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

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Taking Action to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

Vital Voices Global Partnership, British Embassy of Washington
Friday, June 13, 2014 

 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM (EDT)
Washington, DC

The British Embassy in D.C., in collaboration with Vital Voices, is hosting a panel discussion on “Taking Action to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.” The panel will feature Suaad Allami, founder and director, Sadr City Women’s Center and Legal Clinic and 2014 Global Leadership Award Honoree; Gigi Scoles, director of Human Rights at Vital Voices; and Emma Wade, foreign and security policy counsellor, British Embassy Washington.

This event is to extend the conversation taking place this month in London at The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, co-chaired by Foreign Secretary William Hague, and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

British Embassies and organizations around the globe are hosting public events, performances, and discussions in conjunction with the summit. 

We invite you to attend and take part in the global conversation which is bringing together 145 governments and international organizations, along with people from all across the globe that see the power and urgency to fight for women's rights. 

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Emma Wade OBE, Foreign and Security Policy Counsellor, British Embassy Washington

Emma Wade has been the Foreign and Security Policy Counsellor at the British Embassy in Washington, DC since July 2012. As a career diplomat, she has spent the last 17 years in the UK's Foreign Service. Prior to arriving in Washington, DC, Emma worked in London on international trade policy and led the government’s international crisis management operations. This included the unprecedented period of early 2011, when the beginnings of the Arab Spring coincided with the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. For her crisis leadership, Emma was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty The Queen in 2012. Emma has had diplomatic postings in Mexico (2006-2009) and Chile (1998-2001) and has worked at the UK’s Mission to the United Nations in New York (2001) and the European Commission in Brussels (1997). In between overseas postings, Emma's roles in London include being Chief of Staff to the Minister for the Middle East, Counter Terrorism and Counter Proliferation (2004-2006) and working on the future of the European Union (2001-2003).


Gigi Scoles, Director of Human Rights, Vital Voices Global Partnership 

Ms. Scoles joined Vital Voices Global Partnership in the fall of 2013 as the Director of Human Rights, where she develops and implements programs for and with foreign leaders on issues involving gender based violence, human trafficking, harmful traditional practices, sexual assault and domestic violence.  Prior to joining Vital Voices, she spent more than 8 years as an Assistant Prosecutor at the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office in Newark, New Jersey, where she spent the majority of her tenure assigned to the Special Victims Unit.  She has been active on issues involving the abuse of women and children, developing an expertise in policy issues involving human trafficking and sexual assault.  In 2009, Ms. Scoles was selected by the U.S. Department of Justice to serve as the intermittent legal advisor to Djibouti on Human Trafficking from November 2009 to June 2012.  She has taught and designed courses on a variety of topics ranging from the commercial sexual exploitation of children, child protection, and human trafficking in New Jersey and around the world, particularly in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria, Cameroon, Tanzania, and Mexico. Ms. Scoles received her undergraduate degree from McGill University in Montreal; her law degree from the Rutgers University School of Law, Camden Campus and an LL.M. Adv. in Public International Law from the University of Leiden, in the Netherlands. Ms. Scoles clerked for the Hon. F. Lee Forrester, J.S.C. (Family Court Judge, Superior Court, Mercer County NJ)


Suaad Allami, Founder and Director, Sadr City Women’s Center and Legal Clinic

Suaad Allami opened and operates the first all female legal clinic in Iraq, supervised five comprehensive women’s centers throughout Baghdad, and executed the first continuing education conference for women lawyers in Baghdad. She is a former member of the Baghdad Provincial Council and Sadr City District Council (2004-2009), and she authored the by-laws for the District and Sub-District Councils of Baghdad Province. She has earned numerous honors, including our 2014 Fern Holland Award and International Women of Courage Award in 2009.


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