Angelina Jolie Urges World To Take A Stand Against Rape During War

Angelina Jolie holds a press conference with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres and Norwegian Foreign Minister, Espen Barth Eide (not pictured) as they mark World Refugee Day in Al-Zaatari Refugee Camp for Syrian refugees on June 20, 2013 near Mafraq, Jordan Angelina Jolie holds a press conference with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres and Norwegian Foreign Minister, Espen Barth Eide (not pictured) as they mark World Refugee Day in Al-Zaatari Refugee Camp for Syrian refugees on June 20, 2013 near Mafraq, Jordan

Actress Angelina Jolie is making her debut before the U.N.‘s most powerful body as a special envoy for refugees and urging the world’s nations to make the fight against rape in war a top priority.

She told the Security Council Monday that “hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of women, children and men have been raped in conflicts in our lifetimes.”

But Jolie said “the world has yet to take up warzone rape as a serious priority.”

“You set the bar,” she told the Security Council. “If the … council sets rape and sexual violence in conflict as a priority it will become one and progress will be made. If you do not, this horror will continue.”

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