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Angelina Is Fighting the Social Stigma Faced by Survivors of Sexual Violence

Marie Clarie has posted an article about Angelina and her work for Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI) and the previous film festival in the UK. You can read more about this issue and the initiative here. The magazine had an exclusive interview with Angie and it has been added to the press archive!

The Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative is dedicated to providing justice and support for victims.

Angelina Jolie is doubling down in her fight against the stigma of rape. Launched in 2012 by Jolie and then UK Foreign Secretary William Hague, Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict is a global initiative focused not just on stopping assaults, but also the social stigma faced by survivors of sexual violence, and providing justice for victims.

“Sexual violence in conflict is still a taboo subject,” Jolie tells Marie Claire in an exclusive interview of why this stigma exists. “Female and male survivors, and children born of this rape, are often treated as if they are the ones who have done something wrong. They are rejected and stigmatized, while their attackers go unpunished. That’s what has to change, and breaking the taboo is part of that.”

Leading the global effort is the United Kingdom, and since the launch of PSVI, the UK has provided thousands of survivors with medical, social, and legal support, assisted organizations in local communities supporting survivors, and trained over 17,000 military and police officers on how to prevent and respond to sexual violence, and created guidelines to help strengthen the collection of evidence and documentation to bring perpetrators to justice. In addition to finding ways to make it easier for survivors to report crimes in cases where they cannot go to their local authorities, Jolie is also fighting to address shortfalls in funding commitments from Governments for protection, psychosocial support, and other programs to support survivors, as well as reparations to help survivors rebuild their lives. She is also calling for establishing an international, investigative body that can take action in determining if a crime of sexual violence has taken place, collect evidence, and enable rapid and effective prosecution.

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Attending second day of ‘PSVI Film Festival’

Angelina attended the second day of the PSVI Film Festival as well and she was discussing the military’s role in preventing sexual violence in conflict with UK military gender advises deployed on peacekeeping operations including to the DRC. She was seen taking photos with with fans and looked beautiful in a black top and pants.

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Attends meeting at the Foreign Office

Angelina attended a meeting at the Foreign Office before the PSVI Film Festival. The meeting was with the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, Arminka Helic, Chloe Dalton among others.

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At the ‘PSVI Film Festival’

Angelina attended the PSVI Film Festival and the Fighting Stigma through Film event today and the festival runs from November 23 to 24 at the British Film Institute in London. She opened the festival with holding a speech at the reception and she begun with the quote, “The power of film and storytelling can help fight stigma and discrimination.”

“The power of storytelling to help us understand evidence and empathy.”

Angelina was wearing a white dress, wearing a black overcoat, and attended the fans, taking pictures and handing out autographs. She held a Q&A at the “City of Joy” Screening as you can see in videos and photos in the gallery.

‘The Fighting Stigma Through Film’ festival is organized by the PSVI (Sexual Violence Prevention Initiative) and will feature a number of films and documentaries that address the issue of sexual violence. The 2-day festival includes screenings of 38 films and documentaries from around the world.

Photos has been added from the main events of the festival, and you can view them in the gallery and also some videos!

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Angelina will attend the “Fighting Stigma through Film” event

Angelina will attend the event ‘Fighting Stigma through Film’ which will take place 23-24 November 2018 at the British Film Institute in London. Photos and videos will be added as soon as they are released!

The Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict (PSVI), Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon has announced that the PSVI film festival, ‘Fighting Stigma through Film’ will take place on the 23-24 November 2018 at the British Film Institute (BFI) in London. PSVI Co-Founder and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie will take part in the event.

The festival aims to harness the power of film to help fight the discrimination and social stigma faced by survivors of warzone rape and other forms of sexual violence in conflict, and to support filmmakers from conflict-affected countries who are part of the fight against impunity and stigma in their own societies and worldwide.

Over two days there will be screenings of more than 35 films and documentaries from 14 countries, including Syria, Burma and Nigeria that illuminate the reality of conflict-related sexual violence. The screenings will be open to the public and will be combined with a series of discussions with filmmakers and leading experts on conflict-related sexual violence.

PSVI Co-Founder and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie will join young filmmakers from conflict-affected and Commonwealth countries including Yemen, Burma, Sri Lanka and Syria, who are taking part in a series of workshops designed to help build their capacity to tell their stories and change attitudes in their own societies. Ms Jolie will also lead a Q+A session with Congolese Nobel Peace Prize winner and preventing sexual violence activist, Dr Denis Mukwege.

Over two thirds (68%) of all the films being screened are directed or produced by women. Among the titles, the festival will host the world premiere for Leslie Thomas’ film ‘The Prosecutors’ which explores the fight to get justice for survivors of sexual violence.

The film festival is part of the build-up to the UK-hosted Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict International Conference in November 2019, which will aim to galvanise governments around the world into taking tangible new steps to address sexual violence in conflict, and to uphold international commitments to bring perpetrators to account.
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