The first ever world summit on ending sexual violence in conflict drew to a close today at the London ExCel exhibition centre.
The event brought together victims of rape and violence as well as aid agencies and world leaders with the aim of highlighting the atrocities and crimes committed against women in conflict and to propose solutions for halting the trend.
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Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie today said it had been ‘heartening to see so many male leaders, survivors, aid workers and experts from around the world ‘, come together in an unprecedented way.
The actress said she saw this ‘as a new beginning’ for coming together to tackle the difficult topic.
Jolie who was joined by the US Secretary Of State John Kerry and her co host William Hague stated that test of the effectiveness of the summit will rely on ‘whether they can make a difference in the lives of survivors by shattering the culture of impunity.’
The UN envoy whose passion for the high-profile campaign has propelled the topic unto the front-line of debates worldwide concluded a passionate speech by reiterating that “war-zone violence is not just a woman issue, it is not a humanitarian issue, it goes to heart of international peace and security.
Hundreds of delegates attended the four-day event which featured exhibitions by aid agencies, victims of violence in conflict and screening of hundreds of films highlighting the horrors of sexual violence in conflict.