As William Hague convenes ministers from around the world at the global summit to end sexual violence in conflict, women in South Sudan are being tied up and raped.
Women in war zones are particularly vulnerable to abuse and violence - but the everyday attitudes that lead to these attacks are alive here in our own community.
A UK poll revealed that about one in three girls (29 per cent) has experienced unwanted sexual touching in schools.
I am a supporter of Care International UK whose work to engage men and boys to break cycles of violence and abuse - both during and after conflict - is already creating real, lasting change.
I urge readers to persuade Mr Hague to show political leadership and commit to ensuring that teaching on gender equality and ending violence against women is included on the national curriculum in schools. Visit careinternational.org.uk.
John West, Twickenham
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