Burj Al Arab Goes Pink for Anti-Rape Campaign

Burj Al Arab Goes Pink for Anti-Rape Campaign

11 Jun 2014

Dubai hotel lit up to highlight global summit co-hosted by Angelina Jolie

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