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Angelina Jolie's fight against sexual violence

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 01:00

June 10 - The actress joins British Foreign Secretary William Hague to host the first global summit to end sexual violence in conflict. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: American actress Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague vowed on Tuesday (June 10) to produce practical action from the world's first summit on ending sexual violence in conflict to punish those responsible and help victims. Up to 1,200 government ministers, military and judicial officials and activists from about 150 nations were due to attend the June 10-13 summit that is a call for action to protect women, children and men from rape and sex attacks in war zones. Hague and Jolie, special envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said the conference was the culmination of two years of work and they wanted concrete action to capture and punish those responsible for these crimes and support victims. A recent run of shocking cases of violence against women, including the kidnapping of 200 Nigerian girls, the stoning to death of a pregnant woman in Pakistan and the gang-rape and murder of two Indian teenager, is expected to raise the pressure on the world community for action rather than just promises. Speaking at the opening of the summit, Jolie said that concrete action could end sexual violence as a weapon. "It is a myth that rape is an inevitable part of conflict. There is nothing inevitable about it, it is a weapon of war aimed at civilians. It has nothing to do with sex and everything to do with power. It is done to torture and humiliate innocent people and often very young children. I've met survivors from Afghanistan to Somalia and they are just like us with one crucial difference. We live in safe countries with doctors we can go to when we're hurt, police we can turn to when wronged and institutions that protect us. They live in refugee camps or bombed out streets in areas where there is no law, no protection and not even a hope of justice." Oscar-winner Jolie's involvement in humanitarian issues dates back to 2001 when she travelled to Sierra Leone as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and was horrified to see the impact of years of civil war, when an estimated 60,000 women were raped. On Wednesday, the summit will agree the first international protocol on how to document and investigate sexual violence in conflicts and a ministerial meeting on security in Nigeria and the missing schoolgirls will be held Thursday.

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Angelina Jolie's fight against sexual violence

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 01:00