Burj Al Arab Goes Pink for Anti-Rape Campaign

Dubai hotel lit up to highlight global summit co-hosted by Angelina Jolie
ByLauren SteadmanWednesday , 11 June 2014
Burj Al Arab Goes Pink for Anti-Rape Campaign
© UAE Embassy in Dubai
Burj Al Arab goes pink to highlight global campaign End Sexual Violence in Conflict

Dubai’s Burj Al Arab has been lit up in pink to highlight the global summit End Sexual Violence in Conflict.

The four-day conference in London aims to address the widespread use of rape as a weapon of war and is being co-hosted by Angelina Jolie.

Hashtag #TimeToAct has been projected onto the iconic 321m hotel, where it'll stay until Friday, according to the British Embassy in Dubai.

A ‘tweetup’ – a public gathering organised via Twitter – is also being held in the emirate tomorrow (Thursday) to promote awareness of the issue.

The public meeting can be followed on Twitter at @UKinUAE and by using the hashtag #TimeToAct.

Aimed at young people, it’ll be attended by embassy staff and representatives of the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), for which Angelina is a Special Envoy.

Addressing more than 300 government ministers at the summit’s opening yesterday, the actress said: “We must send a message across the world that there is no disgrace in being a survivor of sexual violence – the shame is on the aggressor.”

In an interview with the BBC earlier today, Jolie told BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour programme: “I’ve met survivors and spent time with them.

“I’d heard their stories and became very emotionally involved and I thought – what can I possibly do to help?”

INFO: To learn more about End Sexual Violence in Conflict, see www.facebook.com/EndSexualViolenceInConflict 

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