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Angelina's plea to the United Nations: end sexual violence

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Angelina Jolie made her debut as a Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees by appealing to the world’s nations to fight against rape in war zones.

She spoke before the United Nations Security Council in New York, saying “The Security Council was established 67 years ago and has witnessed 67 years of wars and conflict, but the world has yet to take up war zone rape as a serious priority.

"Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of women, children and men have been raped in conflicts in our lifetimes.

"The numbers are so vast and the subject so painful that we often have to stop to remember that behind each number is someone with a name, a personality, a story and dreams no different from ours and those of our children."

The actress who has travelled extensively in her UN role continued, “I will never forget the survivors I’ve met or what they told me.

“Rape is a tool of war. It is an act of aggression and a crime against humanity.

“A world in which these crimes happen is one in which there is not and never will be peace. Addressing warzone sexual violence is therefore your responsibility as well as the duty of governments in countries afflicted by it."

Soon after the 38-year-old actress spoke, the Security Council adopted a legally binding resolution, demanding the complete and immediate cessation of all acts of sexual violence by all parties in armed conflict.

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