Angelina Jolie with Stella McCartney at the Global Summit To End Sexual Violence In Conflict [Getty]
London came to a standstill yesterday when Angelina Jolie arrived at the Excel centre in London for the Global Summit To End Sexual Violence in Conflict. The Hollywood actress was there with the aim to make sexual violence in war zones as unacceptable as chemical weapons and cluster munitions. She spoke during the official opening statement alongside William Hague, who told Grazia that Angelina is easier to work with than your average politician.
But it wasn't just Jolie and Hague who got the world talking. Stella McCartney also joined forces with War Child UK to launch an international art project aimed at supporting children in some of the world’s toughest conflict zones. The Draw Me to Safety art project aims to use art created by children from across the UK and conflict-affected countries to promote messages about what the concept of safety means to different children today.
'This project is about young people standing with children affected by conflict,' said the designer. 'Children see the world with clarity and honesty. War Child UK and I are excited to share their insights through art that will raise awareness and encourage the world to do more to protect children from war.'
She teamed up with Angelina and they made quite a formidable pair in their matching white ensembles. 'These are moving examples of how children who have lost so much see the world,' the actress said. 'I hope that this campaign will bring their world closer to us all, and that many people will feel inspired to help protect vulnerable children living in conflict zones.'
The initiative will engage 8-15 year olds in the UK and in conflict-affected countries on the issues facing children in war; asking young people to create artwork answering the question ‘What makes you feel safe?’. Stella is also creating an exclusive fashion product inspired by children’s drawings with proceeds going directly to War Child UK to help protect children in some of the most dangerous war zones in the world.
Visit the War Child website for more details www.warchild.org