Actor and activist describes use of sexual violence as a weapon, describing ‘rape and assault designed to torture, to terrorize’ – but says change is possible

In a forceful speech to United Nations peacekeeping officials assembled in Vancouver, Angelina Jolie called on international conflict negotiators to take their role in preventing and punishing sexual violence more seriously.

Calling sexual violence “a critical obstacle to achieving women’s equality and our full human rights”, Jolie asked those gathered to recognize sexual violence as a weapon and to play a part in preventing it.

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