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Jolie, Hague Open Global Summit With Calls To End Rape, Sexual Violence As Weapon Of War

News outlets report on the opening of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London.

Al Jazeera America: Summit urges world not to ‘turn aside’ from wartime sexual violence
“Lawmakers and activists from over 100 different countries gathered in London on Tuesday for the start of a high-profile conference aimed at combating sexual violence in war zones and eliminating what experts have called a ‘culture of impunity’…” (Taylor, 6/10).

BBC News: Sexual violence in war: Jolie opens summit in London
“The actress and U.N. special envoy Angelina Jolie has said a four-day summit on ending sexual violence during war must send a message that there is no disgrace in being a victim…” (6/10).

Devex: 3 demands to leaders, as momentum builds against sexual violence
“…The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict aims to end the culture of impunity which persists in conflicts from Guatemala to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and has severely limited prosecutions to date. It also seeks to improve and standardize the investigation of large-scale sexual violence committed in wartime…” (Patton, 6/10).

The Independent: William Hague and Angelina Jolie attend sexual violence in war summit in London
“Foreign Secretary William Hague and U.N. Special Envoy Angelina Jolie are today attending the opening of a four-day summit on sexual violence in war being held in London…” (6/10).

New York Times: High-Profile Conference to Draw Attention to Sexual Violence in War
“The Hollywood star Angelina Jolie and the British foreign secretary, William Hague, opened a high-profile gathering [in London] on Tuesday intended to combat the increasing prevalence of sexual violence in war zones, with Ms. Jolie calling for an end to a ‘culture of impunity’ among perpetrators…” (Cowell, 6/10).

Reuters: Angelina Jolie, U.K.’s Hague, vow action against sexual violence in war
“…Up to 1,200 government ministers, military and judicial officials and activists from up to 150 nations are attending the June 10-13 summit that is the result of a two-year partnership between Jolie and Hague to combat rape as a weapon of war…” (Goldsmith, 6/10).

U.N. News Centre: At global summit, U.N. envoy Angelina Jolie calls for end to sexual violence in conflict
“Hollywood actress, activist and United Nations Special Envoy Angelina Jolie today called for concerted action to end once and for all the use of rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war…” (6/10).

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