Angelina Jolie presses G8 foreign ministers over warzone rape
Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 00:58
Apr. 11 - Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie joins foreign ministers at G8 summit in London to press for landmark measures to secure justice for victims of sexual violence in war zones. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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The G8 summit of foreign ministers in London were joined by Hollywood star Angelina Jolie on Thursday (April 11).
She has joined forces with host British Foreign Secretary William Hague to call on the G8 to agree landmark measures to secure justice for survivors of sexual violence in warzones and to deter perpetrators.
At the meeting Hague announced a further 10 million pounds to tackle sexual violence against women and girls in conflict areas.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ANGELINA JOLIE, SAYING:
"I want to thank William Hague for his leadership. Rape is not a womans issue or a humanitarian issue. It is a global issue. And it belongs here at the top table of international decision making, where he has put it. So I look forward to campaigning with him at the UN and I call on other governments to make this cause their priority. If they do, this will be the start of a new global alliance against warzone rape and sexual violence and finally an end to impunity. Thank you."
Jolie is a United Nations Special Envoy for Refugees.
Last month Jolie and Hague visited theDemocratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda to highlight the human cost of warzone rape.
They met with survivors of sexual violence and met political leaders to press for a lasting solution to the conflict.
Jolie and Hague have been working together since May 2012 when they launched a new UK campaign to prevent rape being used as a weapon of war.
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