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Angelina Jolie and William Hague: The odd couple

June 12th, 2014
11:15 AM ET

By Henry Hullah 

Actress and U.N. Special Envoy Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour they didn’t mind being labelled the “odd couple” of international relations.

"We're making progress!" says Hague.

"Whatever works!" adds Jolie.

The two have joined forces in the fight against sexual violence in conflict. The recent the four day summit in London has brought attention to the topic they are both  passionate about.

"Angelina brings what governments cannot bring" says Hague. "You need a major government of the world to be involved in this. With that diplomatic network, with our development budget with our convening power to bring together something like this summit"

"But you also need to reach people who are not usually interested in what governments have to say and there are people who will take notice of what she [Angelina] says"

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Sexual assault in the military: a victim speaks

June 14th, 2013
10:51 AM ET

A naval academy student who says she was sexually assaulted tells CNN’s Christiane Amanpour about her strenuous fight for justice within the military chain of command.

Overhauling how the military handles sexual assaults

May 23rd, 2013
08:27 PM ET

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand tells CNN's Christiane Amanpour how she is trying to overhaul how the military justice system deals with sexual assaults.

Fighting rape in South Africa's 'broken system'

February 13th, 2013
04:29 PM ET

By Samuel Burke & Claire Calzonetti, CNN

The brutal rape, mutilation and eventual death of a 17-year-old girl in South Africa could be a watershed moment for the country, opposition leader Lindiwe Mazibuko told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday.

Mazibuko is a Member of Parliament, and one of South Africa's loudest voices calling for change.

“It’s taken this kind of heinous act for the government to actually stand up and say we need to do something about this,” Mazibuko said. “So, on some level it’s clear enough hasn’t been done.”

The shocking rape, which occurred on February 1, two hours outside of Cape Town, has brought the issue of sexual violence to the fore and enraged the nation.

President Jacob Zuma has called for the harshest penalties for the perpetrators. Many South Africans are expecting Zuma to address the country’s calls for cultural change in his upcoming yearly address.

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Some 70% of South African women report being victims of sexual abuse.

Mazibuko says South Africa needs more oversight of the police, and investigations when the criminal justice system fails.

A lack of jobs and education are feed-in factors, according to Mazibuko.

“Young men,” she said, “who feel emasculated in a country where they can’t work, where they can’t feel like they are validated by some type of economic activity, become susceptible to situation where a woman becomes a punching bag for them to take out their frustrations on.”

She also says there must be a change in South African culture and that the country must partake in a national dialogue on sexual violence.

“We need to deal with the fact we live in a society where there is an unequal relationship between men and women,” Mazibuko said. “To the extent that men feel like women are their possessions with which they can do whatever they like, and it starts in seemingly small ways.”

In the video above you can watch her discussion with Christiane Amanpour about combating sexual violence in South Africa.

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