World Leaders Deplore Sexual Violence in Conflict At the End of Four Day Summit

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 addressing the summit earlier today Photo: Michael Tubi

Jolie addressing the summit earlier today
Photo: Michael Tubi

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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.’

US Secretary Of State John Kerry was 'glad' to be back in London to attend the first ever world summit on ending violence in Conflict Photo: MichaelTubi

US Secretary Of State John Kerry was ‘glad’ to be back in London to attend the first ever world summit on ending violence in Conflict
Photo: MichaelTubi

Photo: Michael Tubi

Photo: Michael Tubi

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.

US Secretary John Kerry chats to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Photo: Michael Tubi

US Secretary John Kerry chats to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Photo: Michael Tubi

Powerful Trio- John Kerry, William Hague, Angelina Jolie Photo: Michael Tubi

Powerful Trio- John Kerry, William Hague, Angelina Jolie
Photo: Michael Tubi

Brangelina made a great showing at the summit as partner Brad Pitt flew in to support Jolie Photo: Michael Tubi

Brangelina made a great showing at the summit as partner Brad Pitt flew in to support Jolie
Photo: Michael Tubi

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.

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