Angelina Jolie to launch anti-rape initiative in war areas

May 30, 2012, 14:05 IST | PTI

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie, who works as a special envoy for the United Nations, has teamed up with Britain's Foreign Secretary, William Hague, to launch an initiative to combat sexual attacks in conflict areas

Hague announced plans to set up dedicated teams to investigate rape in troubled countries as part of a new government scheme and he was joined by Jolie, 36. Jolie's Bosnian war movie 'In The Land Of Blood And Honey', which features a harrowing rape scene, was shown to Members of Parliament in a bid to highlight the problems in war zones on May 29.

Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie

"We are deeply honoured that Ms Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, has joined us at this launch. Ms Jolie, we are very grateful to you for coming and for graciously allowing us to screen your film 'In the Land of Blood and Honey'. For more than 10 years you have worked to highlight the plight of refugees worldwide in Haiti, Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya and many other countries; to support numerous charitable causes, and to promote education, justice and the rights of women worldwide," Hague said. 

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