The Queen makes Angelina Jolie an honorary dame for campaigning against wartime rape

By Kyle Johnson,

Queen Elizabeth II made Angelina Jolie an honorary dame for her international campaign against wartime rape.

While celebrating her birthday, the Queen awarded the Oscar winner the honorary title as Jolie is in London holding a summit with foreign secretary William Hague pushing to fight against war rape, reports The Guardian. Since Jolie is not a member of the Commonwealth, the title is merely honorary.

"To receive an honor related to foreign policy means a great deal to me as it is what I wish to dedicate my working life too," Jolie said. "Working on PSVI (Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative) and with survivors of rape is an honor in itself."

The summit, which went for four days, examined sexual violence during war and looked at finding better methods for increasing investigations and punishments for offenders, according to The Washington Post. "We refuse to believe that this is too big to defeat," Secretary of State John F. Kerry said.

The PSVI summit was attended by hundreds of lawyers, activists, diplomats and others.

Jolie and Hague submitted a manual they would like to see implemented, which contains ways to investigate rape allegations, including what to ask during an interview and the proper way to store evidence.

image courtesy of INFphoto.com

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