The four-day conference on sexual violence in war is hosted by Foreign Secretary William Hague and UN Special Envoy and actress Angelina Jolie.
According to the U.N. children’s agency, UNICEF, more than 150 million young girls and 73 million boys experience sexual violence every year, and children in conflict-affected countries are the most vulnerable. Yet shockingly few perpetrators are ever prosecuted or convicted.
Jolie called for the international community to put priority on efforts to hold those responsible for sexual violence to account.
And she said it was time to end a culture of silence and denial that helps war zone rape to thrive, and means that the rapists rarely face justice.
“They feel above the law because the law rarely touches them and society tolerates them,” she said.
“We must send a message around the world that there is no disgrace in being a survivor of sexual violence — that the shame is on the aggressor.”
It is up to everyone to help make this summit a turning point, Jolie said, and to work across borders, governments and religious faiths to bring an end to the use of rape and sexual violence in war.
“We really can do it,” she said.
Launch the gallery above to see more pics of Angelina Jolie attending the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.