Over 100 countries pledge to act against sexual violence, rape in war.

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A girl at the Mother and Child Health Center in Mogadishu, Somalia.(UN Photo/Tobin )Jones

113 countries have endorsed a historic new 'Declaration of Commitment to end Sexual Violence in Conflict.'

The Declaration, launched on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, contains a set of practical and political commitments to end the use of rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war.

Countries will be able to continue to add their endorsement to the Declaration until 4 October.

Zainab Bangura is the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict:

"Your presence here today sends a message to vulnerable people everywhere around the globe. That the international community will not stand by as their bodies are used as battlefields for political and military advantage. The days when sexual violence in conflict was dismissed as an unfortunate by product of war was gone. Now that we have changed attitudes, we must also prevent actions to prevent and eradicate these crimes."

In 2014, the United Kingdom will host a major conference to increase international momentum around this issue.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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