Israeli NGO, Angelina Jolie to educate on gender-based violence
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Israeli NGO, Angelina Jolie to educate on gender-based violence

IsraAID will present a panel on its work in South Sudan at a London summit chaired by the actress and British FM William Hague

Debra writes for the JTA, and is a former features writer for The Times of Israel.

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie meets with Syrian refugee families in an undisclosed refugee camp close to the Syrian border in eastern Turkey Thursday, Sept. 13 (photo credit: AP/UNHCR, Jason Tanner)
UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie meets with Syrian refugee families in an undisclosed refugee camp close to the Syrian border in eastern Turkey Thursday, Sept. 13 (photo credit: AP/UNHCR, Jason Tanner)

Representatives from an Israeli NGO will join Angelina Jolie and William Hague next month in London as they share their expertise in ending sexual violence as a tool of war.

IsraAID, an Israeli non-profit with standing aid missions across the globe and a focus on post-trauma care and long-term recovery, has been invited by the British government to present its program on gender-based violence at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, scheduled for June 10-13. IsraAID representatives, including social workers and trauma care specialists, will present a panel using the NGO’s successful program in Juba, South Sudan as a case study.

The British summit is co-chaired by Hague, Britain’s foreign secretary; and Jolie, who in addition to being an Academy Award-winning actress is Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner on Refugees.

IsraAid has had a team working in South Sudan since the country earned its independence in 2011. The organization’s volunteers have teamed with local partners to train locals about the reality of gender-based violence, its long-term psychological consequences, and tactics to both prevent its occurrence and deal with its residual trauma.

An IsraAid worker with Sudanese children. (photo credit: courtesy)
An IsraAid worker with Sudanese children. (photo credit: courtesy)

IsraAID’s presentation at the summit will be held on June 11 and be free and open to the public.

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