Angelina Jolie today continued to show her unwavering support for victims of sexual violence.
The longtime human rights advocate, the actress and director celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) which she created in 2012 with then-UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague.
This was to prevent rape and other sex crimes from being used as acts of terror during times of war and conflict, People reports.
“We live in a world where tens of thousands, often hundreds of thousands can be raped,” Jolie said at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London earlier today.
“All of us involved in PSVI are proud of the work so far,” she said, according to the Evening Standard.
“But with much more to do we are very focused on the next steps: taking the tools that have been developed into the field to help document crimes and support prosecutions, working with militaries to change doctrine and training, and pushing for the implementation of laws to protect the very vulnerable victims.”
Jolie has been a United Nations Special Envoy since 2012, after being named a Goodwill Ambassador in 2001.
Her recent work has revolved around meeting with and supporting Syrian refugees and displaced families.
Her advocacy for victims of sex-related war crimes stretches back for several years. In 2015, she spoke out about the shocking ways ISIS has used sexual violence as a form of terrorism.
“For over 10 years I’ve been visiting the field and meeting with families and survivors of sexual violence who felt for so long that their voices simply didn’t matter,” she said while addressing the UK House of Lords.