ANGELINA JOLIE has been a staunch campaigner to end sexual violence in war, establishing the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative - among many other drives - alongside British politician William Hague five years ago. But, as it marked its anniversary in London yesterday, Jolie - special envoy of the UN high commissioner for refugees - asserted that their work is far from done.
"All of us involved in PSVI are proud of the work so far," she said during an organised discussion by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, reports the Evening Standard. "But with much more to do we are very focused on the next steps: taking the tools that have been developed into the field to help document crimes and support prosecutions, working with militaries to change doctrine and training, and pushing for the implementation of laws to protect the very vulnerable victims."Angelina: It's Been A Difficult Few Months
Angelina: It's Been A Difficult Few Months
So far, the plight of the campaign has seen results thanks to government funding and sharing relevant expertise with war zones such as Syria, Iraq, Yemen, South Sudan, and Somalia.
“We have trained over 17,000 military and police personnel on sexual violence issues; deployed expertise to conflict-affected countries around the world and supported survivors and NGOs with over £35 million in UK funding," Joyce Anelay, the prime minister’s special representative on preventing sexual violence in conflict, said. "We are determined to build on this. There is no alternative to a painstaking, long-term effort to erode the culture of impunity for conflict-related sexual violence and the UK government is proud to play its part in tackling these terrible crimes."
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In 2014, Jolie and Hague held a summit on sexual violence in London where they received signatures from 150 governments who backed a declaration of commitment to end sexual violence in conflict. They will reconvene in 2019 to review the commitments and the impact they have had.