Angelina Jolie expressed her concern over ISIS’s use of sexual violence as a weapon against women and children in a select committee meeting on Tuesday.
Jolie spoke in the House of Lords select committee meeting against the use of sexual violence in conflict, which the Islamic state dictates as a policy itself. The actress, who is an active campaigner against sexual violence as well as a special envoy of the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), condemned sexual harassment against women.
“The most important thing is to understand what it’s not: it’s not sexual, it’s a violent, brutal, terrorising weapon and it is used unfortunately, everywhere,” noted Jolie on the issue in the meeting, according to The Guardian.
The human rights ambassador who showed up alongside former British foreign secretary William Hague added concernedly that a 13-year-old Iraqi girl whom she met was repeatedly raped and sold for 26 pounds sterling. She noted that sexual violence in the Islamic state is happening in amounts never witnessed before, reported Fox News.
The actress added in the British Parliamentary meeting that “The most aggressive terrorist group in the world today knows what we know; knows that it is a very effective weapon and are using it as a centerpoint of their terror and their way of destroying communities and families and attacking, destroying and dehumanizing.”
It is worth noting that Jolie launched the UK’s preventing sexual violence initiative (PSVI) campaign with Hague about three years ago in an effort to address such crimes.