Women

06.25.13

Angelina Jolie vs. Rapists

Actress urges United Nations to do more for victims.

Angelina Jolie, a Goodwill Ambassador for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, urged the United Nations on Monday to make action against rape in war a top priority. Jolie reminded the Security Council that “hundreds of thousands if not millions of women, children, and men have been raped in conflicts in our lifetimes.” British Foreign Secretary William Hague, presiding over the meeting, also urged the council to act, as “rape is used systematically and ruthlessly.” Hague and Jolie have teamed up in the past to combat sexual violence, especially in war zones. After Jolie’s remarks, the council adopted a resolution that calls for immediate cessation of all acts of sexual violence by parties to armed conflict. It is the broadest resolution adopted by the council related to sexual violence.