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Angelina Jolie speaks at G8 summit about wartime rape (Video)

04/11/2013 by Nichole Hamilton

Angelina Jolie attended the G8 Foreign Ministers meeting in London to speak about sexual violence against women.

The 37-year-old actress, donning a black dress and pearls, took on a very serious demeanor as she delivered the powerful speech about wartime rape during a news conference on April 11. The foreign ministers that day pledged $35 million to try to combat the problem.

Jolie, who currently serves as a special envoy for UN refugee issues, urged G8 delegates to act to stop rape in conflict zones.

"Hundreds of thousands of women and children have been sexually assaulted, tortured or forced into sexual slavery in the wars of our generation," she explained. "But wartime rape is not inevitable. This violence can be prevented, and it must be confronted."

"I have heard survivors of rape from Bosnia to (the Congo) say that they feel that the world simply does not care about them -- and who can blame them?" she continued. "But today I believe that their voices have been heard, and that we finally have some hope to offer them."

(See photos of Jolie delivering her moving G8 speech.)

"It is encouraging to see men in leadership positions speaking out against rape," she said in her speech. "Rape is not a women's issue, or a humanitarian issue, it is a global issue."

The actress is known for her philanthropic efforts, having served as a UNHCR goodwill ambassador since 2001. In April 2012, she was appointed as "Special Envoy of UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres," according to the agency's website.

In her new and expanded role, Jolie has been focusing on major crises resulting in mass population displacements, undertaking advocacy, representing UNHCR and Guterres at the diplomatic level and engaging with decision-makers on global displacement issues.

The actress has made humanitarian trips to numerous countries in recent years. She recently visited the Democratic Republic of Congo, where tens of thousands of women are raped every year, and in 2011, also made a secret visit to Libya, where armed groups use sexual violence as a weapon of war, according to the UN.

Watch Jolie's poignant G8 speech above.

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