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UK pledges further £6 million to support survivors

Foreign Secretary William Hague has announced the UK will pledge a further £6 million to support survivors of sexual violence in conflict.

Foreign Secretary William Hague at the Time To Act summit in London.
Foreign Secretary William Hague at the Time To Act summit in London. Credit: Pool

Hague made the announcement as he opened the Time To Act summit with his co-chair Angelina Jolie.

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Jolie: It's a myth rape is an inevitable part of conflict

Angelina Jolie has opened the largest summit on sexual violence in conflict, saying, "It is a myth that rape is an inevitable part of conflict."

"There is nothing inevitable about it. It is a weapon of war aimed at civilian," Jolie said as she stood next to the event's co-chair William Hague.

"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," the actress added.

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Jolie and Hague arrive at sexual violence in war summit

Angelina Jolie and William Hague have arrived to co-chair the largest ever summit on sexual violence in conflict.

Jolie said she was "so, so happy to be here" as she entered London's ExCel conference centre with the Foreign Secretary.

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The @end_svc Summit fringe is open. @williamjhague and Angelina Jolie meet some of the NGOs and charities taking part http://t.co/smOcjgd8MZ

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Miliband: Sexual violence in conflict must be tackled

Labour leader Ed Miliband wrote on Twitter as a sexual violence in conflict summit was set to begin:

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Today over 100 countries are gathering for the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in conflict in London #timetoact

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The scourge of sexual and gender-based violence in conflict is something we can and must tackle #timetoact

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Pope urges 'pray for all victims' of sexual violence in war

Pope Francis has taken to Twitter ahead of a summit on sexual violence in conflict urging:

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Let us pray for all victims of sexual violence in conflict, and those working to end this crime. #TimeToAct

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Hague: Need to make a stand against sexual violence

William Hague told ITV News he has joined Angelina Jolie in tackling sexual violence in conflict because "it is one of the great crimes committed in the modern world."

Speaking ahead of today's Time To Act summit, the Foreign Secretary said: "I think it is getting worse and that it will get even worse over the coming years if we don't now make a stand against this.

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Jolie hopes to give survivors 'the respect they deserve'

Angelina Jolie has told Good Morning Britain she hopes the sexual violence in war summit she is attending today will help give survivors "the respect they deserve".

Speaking about the Time To Act event, Jolie said: "There is a focus on simply people in communities and children knowing and understanding their rights and how to relate to each other.

"We're trying this holistic approach to sexual violence in conflict and make sure that we really address it."

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Hague: Summit 'a turning point' in battle against rape

Foreign Secretary William Hague said he hopes today's summit on sexual violence in war will be a "turning point" in the battle against war zone rape.

He responded to US Secretary of State John Kerry on Twittter:

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.@johnkerry could not agree more, looking forward to working with you to make it a turning point in battle against warzone rape #TimeToAct

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.@williamjhague, incredibly important we all make the #TimeToAct. Thanks for invitation & your leadership on this issue. #1Team1Fight

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Summit on sexual violence in war to begin in London

UN Special Envoy and Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie will today be joined by Foreign Secretary William Hague in attending a summit on sexual violence in war, which is being held in London.

William Hague and Angelina Jolie will both attend the event in London. Credit: Alastair Grant/PA Archive

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The four day event, which is called the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, will be held at the ExCel Centre in the capital and aims to raise awareness on the issue.

Representatives from 140 nations across the world will attend the summit, which is the largest conference ever on sexual violence in warzones.

Mr Hague, who previously said the issue "should shame all men", will call on the countries present to write action against the issue into their military training programmes.

Watch: Ugandan victim of rape - 'Say no and they will kill you'

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