About Youth to End Sexual Violence
Founded in 2014 at the global summit to end sexual violence in conflict
Youth to End Sexual Violence is a youth-led organization dedicated to eliminating the use of rape and sexual violence in conflict. We were founded in August of 2014 by the Youth Delegates of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, hosted by UK Foreign Minister William Hague, and UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie. We were established to demand urgent and fearless political leadership, on behalf of young people, to end impunity and empower survivors.
Youth to End Sexual Violence has eleven focus countries (with representatives in many others as well): The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Cambodia, Central African Republic (CAR), Colombia, India, Liberia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, and Uganda.
Our mission is to: Increase the representation of youth survivors, leaders, and activists at the discussion table with members of government, civil society, and the United Nations; Empower and support young people to design and implement their own community-based solutions to sexual violence; and raise international awareness about sexual violence in conflict, especially about the consequences facing children and young people.
Our focus areas are: Improving the Use of Evidence and Data; Sexual Violence against Women and Girls (this also includes Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting, and Child Marriage); Sexual Violence against Men and Boys; Sexual Violence against Children and Especially Vulnerable Persons (including LGBT youth, children born from rape, orphans, and disabled youth); and reassessing the Role of Youth and NGOs (finding new and innovative ways to bring youth, civil society, and members of government to the discussion table for the common purpose of ending sexual and gender violence in conflict).
Youth to End Sexual Violence's International Secretariat, or Executive Board, is comprised of the Executive Director, the Deputy-Executive Director, and its Program Director(s). The International Secretariat is responsible for establishing the organization's thematic areas of interest, and for coordinating all research-based activities. Decentralized country offices identify specific issues that need to be addressed, and act autonomously at the discretion of the International Secretariat. Country offices are lead by Youth to End Sexual Violence's Youth Ambassadors, and work in partnership with local NGOs and youth activists.