PH delegates join Jolie at global summit vs sexual violence

by Rose Eclarinal, ABS-CBN Europe Bureau

Posted at Jun 13 2014 03:49 PM | Updated as of Jun 14 2014 07:25 AM

Actress and campaigner Angelina Jolie poses with partner Brad Pitt and Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague as they arrive at the Excel center in London June 12, 2014. Photo by Luke MacGregor, Reuters

LONDON - Delegates from more than 100 countries took part in a 4-day summit at Excel Centre, London.

The global summit to end sexual violence in conflict is co-hosted by UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Angelina Jolie.

The global fight against rape in conflict zones gathered together not only world and religious leaders but actors, artists, filmmakers who staged moving performances and showcased art works with bold messages against rape.

"Three women have come privately to thank me for making things public... If three women I know I positively helped that's good enough," Jeroo Roy, artist, said.

"We want to have a united voice and for Middle Eastern women as well to be here because the conflict is there... sexual violence there. There is war zone at the moment and the first victim of any war is women and children," Diana Nammi, executive director of the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organization (IKWRO), said.

Jolie, for her part, showcased "In the Land of Blood and Honey" a film she has written, directed and produced about a love story during the Bosnian War.

Experts from around the world took part in the panel discussions, including delegates from the Philippines. The delegation is headed by Secretary Ging Deles of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process.

The Filipino women panelists shared the Philippines' successful experience in driving women's participation in peace-building.

"This is relevant also to the Bangsamoro because we are coming out of a phase of conflict towards peace. We want to make sure that everyone does not suffer from any kind of violence, especially post-conflict," Raissa Jajurie, legal adviser of the MILF, said.

"Women are not just victims, they also play a pivotal role in shaping societies and they can work at the grassroots level and also on the top," Jill Angeli Bacamas, a Philippine delagate, said.

Actress and campaigner Angelina Jolie and her partner, actor Brad Pitt look at photographs at the summit to end sexual violence in conflict at the Excel centre in London. Photo by Luke MacGregor, Reuters

Described as a "summit like no other" with the star power of Jolie and her partner Brad Pitt.

Many of the delegates are going back to their respective countries with the renewed hope of translating the summit into real action on the ground.