Angelina Jolie, William Hague, and Sexual Violence in Conflict

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In a special broadcast of Woman's Hour, we speak to UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie and Foreign Secretary William Hague, live from the Global Summit To End Sexual Violence In Conflict.

Sexual violence has been used as a weapon of war in conflicts worldwide, and the summit marks the biggest ever international event on this issue.

Jenni Murray speaks to Angelina Jolie and William Hague, as well as to survivors and experts, to hear the extent of the problem and what needs to be done to bring it to an end.

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Wed 11 Jun 2014 10:00

Angelina Jolie

Jenni speaks to Angelina about what motivated her to get involved in the campaign to end sexual violence in conflict and why others should join her to call for change.

Rape in Conflict – The Impact on Women

Sexual violence in conflict has a devastating effect on women’s lives. We hear from Angela Atim, one of the speakers at the conference, who was kidnapped as a 14-year-old schoolgirl by Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels in Uganda.
Liberian peace and women's rights activist, Leymah Gbowee and Alice Allan from Care International talk to Jenni about the physical and mental impact of being raped, and why the social stigma and blame culture make it so difficult for women to speak out.
Stop Rape in Conflict 

Why Are Men Using Rape as a Weapon of War?

Sexual violence is used in conflicts worldwide to intimidate and control both individuals and communities. It’s mostly women and children that are targeted, and the effect on their physical and mental health is devastating. But why do men use rape as a weapon of war? Dr Nicola Jones from the Overseas Development Institute and Liberian peace and women’s rights activist, Leymah Gbowee tell Jenni about the root causes of this violence and how it can be stopped. 
And clips from filmmaker Fiona Lloyd Davies' documentary Seeds of Hope which will be screened at London's Frontline Club on 14th July.  

Justice for Survivors - Closing the Impunity Gap

The summit aims to unite the international community to end sexual violence as a weapon of war. Justice and accountability are a major part of this, but why have there been so few prosecutions in the past? Liesl Gerntholtz, Director of the Women's Rights Division at Human Rights Watch and women's rights activist Leymah Gbowee tell Jenni how we could close the impunity gap and what specific action governments, NGOs and citizens across the world can take to shift the stigma of shame from the victims to the perpetrators of rape.

What Will the Summit Actually Deliver?

Delegations from more than 100 countries are engaged in discussion over four days at the End Sexual Violence in Conflict Summit, what practical measures can we expect to emerge? Why has the British government made bringing an end to sexual violence in conflict a political priority and how well placed is it, to make this happen? Jenni speaks to the Rt Hon William Hague MP, Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.   


Role Contributor
PresenterJenni Murray
ProducerEmma Wallace
Interviewed GuestAngelina Jolie
Interviewed GuestWilliam Hague
Interviewed GuestLeymah Gbowee
Interviewed GuestAlice Allan
Interviewed GuestNicola Jones
Interviewed GuestLeisl Gerntholez

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