Angelina Jolie urges Security Council to make tackling war zone rape a priority

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Angelina Jolie

Progress in ending sexual violence in conflict can occur if the Security Council makes this a priority, actress and director Angelina Jolie told Council members on Monday.

Ms. Jolie, the Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, was speaking during a debate on women, peace and security.

And while she understood that there are many issues that Council members might not agree on, Ms. Jolie stated sexual violence in conflict should not be one of them.

"If the United Nations Security Council sets rape and sexual violence in conflict as a priority, it will become one and progress will be made. If you do not, this horror will continue." (13 secs)

She said while the number of women, children and men who have been raped in conflict is so large, it is important to remember that they are people.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 52"

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