Angelina Jolie travelled to London on Tuesday (Feb 10th) to join the former U.K. Secretary of State William Hague for the opening Europe's first centre that is dedicated to fight against the brutality women face during warzones.

Angelina Jolie
Jolie opened a new centre that will help fight warzone violence against women

The Centre of Women, Peace and Security, based at London's School of Economics, will be a ground-breaking way of combatting the violence women are exposed to in war, just like the tens of thousands of families Jolie recently visited at a Kurdish refugee camp in Dohuk, northern Iraq.

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While opening the one of a kind facility, the Hollywood star said: "I am excited at the thought of all the students in years to come who will study in this new Center. There is no stable future for a world in which crimes committed against women go unpunished. We need the next generation of educated youth with inquisitive minds and fresh energy, who are willing not only to sit in the classroom but to go out into the field and the courtrooms and make a decisive difference."

"If you were to ask me who I think this centre is for, I picture someone who is not in this room today," she added, according to the U.K.'s Guardian. "I think of a girl I met in Iraq three weeks ago. She is 13 years old, but instead of going to school, she sits on the floor in a makeshift tent."

Jolie, who is a special envoy of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, recalled how the teenage girl was held captive by Islamic State militants, became a sex slave and was repeatedly raped.

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"Now she may never be able to complete her education, or get married or have a family, because in her society victims of rape are shunned, and considered shameful," she said. "To my mind, what we have begun today at LSE is for that Iraqi girl and others like her."

The new centre will work to achieve the aims of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PVSI), which Jolie and Haigh co-founded back in 2012.