Actress Angelina Jolie to work with NATO to fight sexual violence

Brussels - Angelina Jolie is working with NATO in the fight against sexual violence as a war crime, the US actress and humanitarian said during a visit to the organization's headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday.

Jolie, who is also a special envoy for the UN refugee agency, said there could be no peace without accountability for such crimes.
She said she would work with the military alliance to combat sexual violence globally through increased training, better monitoring and reporting practices, and awareness-raising.
"The use of rape as a weapon of war has been regarded as an inevitable feature of conflict, a lesser crime, and a problem too difficult or too uncomfortable for societies to address," Jolie said.
"This is a historic injustice and a critical issue of international peace and security."
She added that rape as a weapon of war had played a significant role in military conflicts and in the creation of refugee flows around the world.
"It therefore has a direct bearing on NATO's efforts to protect stability and manage crises that affect the security of Europe and global security," Jolie said.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said NATO would increase its existing training on sexual violence for both NATO troops and partner militaries.
The military alliance will also step up efforts to monitor and report gender-based violence and raise global awareness of the issue, he said.
"Sexual violence is a tactic of war, against women and girls, but also men and boys," Stoltenberg said. "NATO is already doing a lot to tackle this issue, but there is more we can do."

Wednesday, January 31st 2018

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