After being named an honorary dame by Queen Elizabeth II, Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie continued her work to eradicate sexual violence in war zones in the recent Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. Together with her fiancé Brad Pitt and George Clooney's fiancée Amal Alamuddin, the "Maleficent" star made an inspiring speech in working together to end the global issue about rape as a weapon in war zones.
"It is a myth that rape is an inevitable part of conflict," she said during her speech posted on People's website.
"There is nothing inevitable about it. It is a weapon of war aimed at civilians. It has nothing to do with sex - everything to do with power. It is done to torture and humiliate innocent people and often very young children."
Best known for her work as a human rights lawyer, Alamuddin attended the Anti-Rape Summit on behalf of UNICEF without the "Ocean Eleven" star. The newly engaged attorney took some notes while sitting in a different area of the auditorium, and it is not reported if the two ladies cross paths during the Thursday's conference.
Jolie works hand in hand with United Nations as their special envoy to U.N Refugee Agency, while the British-Lebanese lawyer is a one of the past advisers of former Secretary General Kofi Annan. Together with British Foreign Secretary William Hague, the actress gave an opening remarks at the conference and was greatly honored to be recognized through her efforts to end rape and violence.
"To receive an honour related to foreign policy means a great deal to me, as it is what I wish to dedicate my working life to," Jolie said after she becomes an honorary Dame Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George. The damehood is awarded to women who "render extraordinary or important non-military service on a foreign country."
Together with Hague, the brunette star travelled the war zones around the world and the British Foreign Secretary gushed that she was "a pleasure to work with" and complimented her decision-making and action were a daunting combination.