Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague vowed to produce practical action from the world’s first summit on ending sexual violence in conflict.
Up to 1,200 government ministers, military and judicial officials and activists from up to 150 nations will attend the June 10 to 13 summit, intended as 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.
“It is a myth that rape is an inevitable part of conflict,” Oscar-winner Jolie said at the opening of a fringe event at the summit in London’s docklands. “It is a weapon of war aimed at civilians,” she added. “It is done to torture and humiliate people and often to very young children. And as an international community we are responsible for that.”