25 October 2013
Message from the Foreign Secretary William Hague and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie
"Long after conflicts end, the survivors of rape bear a terrible burden. As an international community we must ensure that they are never forgotten. And we must do far more to protect other innocent women, children and men from suffering the same violence in other conflicts.
We are campaigning together to persuade governments worldwide to stop rape being used as a weapon of war, anywhere in the world. We have seen encouraging progress. Last month at the UN, 134 nations endorsed a new Declaration promising to eradicate sexual violence in conflict. Now we must work to turn that commitment into practical action that makes a lasting difference on the ground. So as you meet today, new international momentum is building in support of your efforts. We hope we can work with you and your colleagues to make that change irreversible."