Statement on safeguarding in the aid sector: 20 February 2018

20 February 2018

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt made a statement in the House of Commons on safeguarding in the aid sector on Tuesday 20 February 2018.

Mordaunt told the House that her "absolute priority is to keep the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people safe from harm. It is utterly despicable that sexual exploitation and abuse continue to exist in the aid sector".

Responding on behalf of the Opposition, Shadow International Development Secretary Kate Osamor said that there is a need to "focus on fixing the system, and have the conviction to stand up proudly for the good that UK aid can still do, which, even at this darkest moment, far exceeds the evil".

This statement follows allegations of sexual abuse and harassment perpetrated by aid workers, notably in Haiti in 2011.

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