Dressed in black, Pitt and Jolie flanked Hague at the opening
of the third day of a four-day summit in London that is the
culmination of two years' joint work by the actress and Hague.
Up to 1,200 government ministers, officials, activists and
members of judiciaries and militaries from more than 120
countries are at the summit that aims to find practical steps to
punish those responsible for sex violence and help victims.
Hague said his partnership with Oscar-winning Jolie, special
envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), had put
the issue of sexual violence in conflict on the world agenda and
was an example of how foreign policy could be conducted in the
"She brings what governments can't ... (as) there was no really
big government of the world driving this," Hague told a small
media briefing including Reuters.
"You need something much more than government to be able to
reach people who don't easily listen to governments and Angelina
brings that, as well as having great knowledge and passion about
Jolie's involvement in humanitarian issues dates back to 2001
when she traveled to Sierra Leone as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador
and saw the impact of years of civil war when an estimated
60,000 women were raped.
Her link-up with Hague came after he contacted her on seeing her
2011 directorial debut "In the Land of Blood and Honey" set
against the 1992-95 Bosnian war in which more than 100,000
people were killed and an estimated 20,000 women believed raped.
"MEN NEED TO SAY NO"
The actress, 39, has attended the summit since the start on
Tuesday but her partner, Pitt, joined her for the first time on
Thursday for the opening plenary.
"We, as an international community, have never done enough to
stop this abuse and we do survivors a disservice when they know
we are aware but do nothing to hold the perpetrators
accountable," Jolie told the summit on Thursday.
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"Today we have an opportunity to begin to change that."
Both Jolie and Hague have stressed the importance of ensuring the
summit is not just a talking shop but the start of action to shatter
a culture of impunity over sexual violence.
The summit follows a series of shocking cases of violence against
women including the kidnap of 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, the stoning
of a pregnant Pakistani woman to death, and the gang-rape and murder
of two Indian girls.
Last year Hague and Jolie launched a declaration, now signed by
about 150 countries, pledging to pursue those responsible for sexual
violence and provide justice and safety for victims.
This week they launched a international guide on how to investigate
such crimes, collect evidence and prosecute.
Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, chairwoman of the African Union Commission,
said it was vital that attitudes change as "without men saying 'no,'
we will not end this cycle".
Hague said now it was up to governments to take action and for the
public and activists to hold them accountable.
"Together we can unleash a wave of practical action through the
world that will make a huge difference to the lives of men, women
and children in conflict zones," he said.
(Reporting by Belinda Goldsmith; Editing by Hugh Lawson)
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