Britain pledges $2m to stop rape in war zones
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - Britain on Tuesday pledged 1 million pounds (S$2 million) to help stop sexual violence against women in war zones, where thousands of women and girls are raped every day.
"We are determined to raise international awareness of these issues," British Foreign Secretary William Hague told journalists shortly after a meeting on the topic on the sidelines of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.
A team of psychological experts from Britain was now ready to be deployed to areas where they are needed, Mr Hague said, adding the issue would also be a major theme of his country's presidency of the G8 in 2012.
"It's now time to really build momentum on this issue," he added.