Angelina Jolie, UK's Hague, vow action against sexual violence in war

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Angelina Jolie, UK's Hague, vow action against sexual violence in war
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 10: UN Special Envoy and actress Angelina Jolie (R) stands with designer Stella McCartney infront of an unfinished 'Herakut' painting at the Global Summit To End Sexual Violence In Conflict on June 10, 2014 in London, England. The four-day conference on sexual violence in war is hosted by Foreign Secretary William Hague and UN Special Envoy and actress Angelina Jolie. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 10: Stella McCartney and Angelina Jolie attend a photocall to launch War Child's 'Draw Me To Safety' campaign during the global conference to prevent sexual violence in conflict at ExCel on June 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
US actress Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, walks after meeting British Prime Minister David Cameron, at his official residence a t10 Downing Street in central London, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague and Jolie opened the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict Tuesday. The Summit will welcome governments from over 100 countries, over 900 experts, NGOs, Faith leaders, and representatives from international organisations across the world. It is the biggest ever international meeting on this issue. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 10: Stella McCartney and Angelina Jolie attend a photocall to launch War Child's 'Draw Me To Safety' campaign during the global conference to prevent sexual violence in conflict at ExCel on June 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 10: Angelina Jolie and William Hague attend the Global Summit to end Sexual Violence in Conflict at ExCel on June 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
US actress Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, poses for the photographers as she arrives with Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague for their meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron, at his official residence at 10 Downing Street in central London, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Hague and Jolie opened the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict Tuesday. The Summit will welcome governments from over 100 countries, over 900 experts, NGOs, Faith leaders, and representatives from international organisations across the world. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
US actress Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, poses for photographers prior to her meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron, at his official residence at 10 Downing Street in central London, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague and Jolie opened the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict Tuesday. The Summit will welcome governments from over 100 countries, over 900 experts, NGOs, Faith leaders, and representatives from international organisations across the world. It is the biggest ever international meeting on this issue. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague and US actress and UN special envoy Angelina Jolie leave the stage after making their opening speeches at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London Tuesday, June 10, 2014. They are hosting a four-day summit on sexual violence in war zones, attended by officials from over 100 countries. The summit, starting Tuesday, aims to identify ways to improve investigation of sexual violence and provide support for women and girls. (AP Photo/Carl Court, Pool)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 10: Stella McCartney and Angelina Jolie attend a photocall to launch War Child's 'Draw Me To Safety' campaign during the global conference to prevent sexual violence in conflict at ExCel on June 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 10: Stella McCartney and Angelina Jolie attend a photocall to launch War Child's 'Draw Me To Safety' campaign during the global conference to prevent sexual violence in conflict at ExCel on June 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
US actress and UN special envoy Angelina Jolie and co-host Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague pose for a picture with 19-year-old Faida Kasilembo during the first day of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in east London on June 10, 2014. Kasilembo is a 19-year-old girl from the Democratic Republic of Congo who was taken as a young girl by armed forces and held for three years as a sexual slave, after which she was freed by BVES, an organisation that works on the rehabilitation of child soldiers and the freedom of sexually enslaved children. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: UN Special Envoy and actress Angelina Jolie attends the Global Summit To End Sexual Violence In Conflict on June 11, 2014 in London, England. The four-day conference on sexual violence in war is hosted by Foreign Secretary William Hague and UN Special Envoy and actress Angelina Jolie. (Photo by Yunus Kaymaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: UN Special Envoy and actress Angelina Jolie attends the Global Summit To End Sexual Violence In Conflict on June 11, 2014 in London, England. The four-day conference on sexual violence in war is hosted by Foreign Secretary William Hague and UN Special Envoy and actress Angelina Jolie. (Photo by Yunus Kaymaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: UN Special Envoy and actress Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague (L) attend the Global Summit To End Sexual Violence In Conflict on June 11, 2014 in London, England. The four-day conference on sexual violence in war is hosted by Foreign Secretary William Hague and UN Special Envoy and actress Angelina Jolie. (Photo by Yunus Kaymaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Angelina Jolie attends the Global Summit to end Sexual Violence in Conflict at ExCel on June 11, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: William Hague (L) and Angelina Jolie (R) attend the Global Summit to end Sexual Violence in Conflict at ExCel on June 11, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: US actress and UN special envoy Angelina Jolie attends the second day of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict on June 11, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Angelina Jolie attends the Global Summit to end Sexual Violence in Conflict at ExCel on June 11, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
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(Reuters) - Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague vowed on Tuesday to ensure the world's first summit on ending sexual violence in conflict resulted in practical action to punish those responsible and help victims.

Up to 1,200 government ministers, military and judicial officials and activists from up to 150 nations are attending the June 10-13 summit that is the result of a two-year partnership between Jolie and Hague to combat rape as a weapon of war.

The summit follows a series of violent incidents against women that was expected to raise pressure for action, including the kidnap of 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, the stoning of a pregnant Pakistani woman to death, and the gang-rape and murder of two Indian girls.Opening the four-day summit in London's docklands, Jolie, special envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said political will was needed globally to treat sexual violence as a priority and tackle a culture of impunity.

"It is a myth that rape is an inevitable part of conflict. It is a weapon of war aimed at civilians .. done to torture and humiliate people and often to very young children," she said.

"We need to see real commitment and go after the worst perpetrators, to fund proper protection for vulnerable people, and to step in to help the worst-affected countries."

Jolie's involvement in humanitarian issues dates back to 2001 when she traveled to Sierra Leone as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and saw the impact of years of civil war when an estimated 60,000 women were raped.

Her link-up with Hague was sparked by her 2011 directorial debut "In the Land of Blood and Honey" that was set against the backdrop of the 1992-95 Bosnian war in which more than 100,000 people were killed and an estimated 20,000 women believed raped.

Last year the unusual partnership led to the launch of a declaration, now signed by about 150 countries, pledging to end impunity and provide justice and safety for victims but Hague said the summit would take this further.

POWER IN NUMBERS

Hague said the conference, to be attended by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, would agree a protocol to push for international standards on recording and investigating sex crimes to bring more people to justice.

Other practical steps would include strengthening laws in certain countries, training armies and peacekeepers, and increasing funding to help survivors, some of whose harrowing stories were retold in documentaries on show at a fringe event.

"There is power in numbers and if we unite behind this cause we can create an unstoppable momentum and consign this vile abuse to history," Hague said, unveiling a six million pound ($10 million) fund for victims from the UK government.

Organizations with stands at the meeting and members of the public attending the fringe event of theater and discussions said concrete action was critical and that the public and activists needed to ensure governments stuck to promises made.

"The momentum is with this summit, with Angelina Jolie and Hague and the news agenda - now is the perfect time for action on women's rights. This could be a turning point," said Nick Harvey, spokesman for healthcare charity Doctors Of The World.

Canadian lawyer Guylaine Grenier, on holiday in London with her niece from Vancouver, said this should be just the start.

"I hope it does not end here, that it goes further. This kind of event should happen every year so we can see what has really happened in the past year," Grenier, 45, told Reuters.

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