Angelina Jolie and the issue of sexual violence

Europe's first academic centre to combat the brutality faced by women in war zones

Angelina Jolie and William Hague recently launched the Centre for Women, Peace and Security - Europe's first academic centre to combat the brutality faced by women in war zones. The pioneering research unit will attempt to understand and eradicate war rape. Jolie had just returned from northern Iraq, where she met some of the millions of refugees forced to flee from their homes. "If you were to ask me who I think this centre is for, I picture someone who is not in this room today," Jolie said. "I think of a girl I met in Iraq three weeks ago. She is 13 years old, but instead of going to school, she sits on the floor in a makeshift tent." The girl was captured as a sex slave and repeatedly raped, Jolie said.
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"Now she may never be able to complete her education, or get married or have a family, because in her society victims of rape are shunned, and considered shameful. To my mind, what we have begun today at LSE (London School of Economics) is for that Iraqi girl and others like her." Former UK foreign secretary William Hague said that he noted that this is "hardly talked about by foreign ministers or even considered a security issue". The centre will be hosted in the London School of Economics's new Institute of Global Affairs, which will offer an MSc program in women, peace and security from 2016.