Honourary dame, Angelina Jolie, has opened the centre for war rape victims in London's School of Economics
Angelina Jolie has dedicated a new war rape centre to an ISIS sex attack survivor she met in Iraq, with a powerful message to end similar experiences of women in war torn countries worldwide.
Called the Centre for Women, Peace and Security, it’s the first of it’s kind and its main aim is to boost the global campaign for women’s rights and abolish the use of sexual violence as a weapon.
Speaking at the centre, which is in London’s School of Economics, Angelina said: ‘There is no stable future for a world in which crimes committed against women go unpunished; a world in which young girls are unable to reach their potential; where children see their mothers disrespected, violated and murdered, where it is considered acceptable for a husband to reject his wife and the mother of his children because she was raped, or normal for a woman to be forced to marry her rapist.’
Dedicating the centre to a 13-year-old girl who had been captures by ISIS and used as a sex slave and consequently cast out of her community, Angelina said: ‘What we have begun at LSE today is for that Iraqi girl and others like her, who pay the price for the culture of impunity for crimes against women, and our failure to prevent conflict.’
The centre will examine how to deal with rape in a practical sense, including how to prosecute perpetrators of sexual violence and how to help women rebuild communities and live safely after wars end.
From September 2015, a module in Women, Peace and Security will be available at LSE and from 2016, students will be able to apply to study for an MA in the subject.