LONDON - Angelina Jolie joined British Foreign Secretary William Hague to visit Rwanda on Monday in a bid to encourage world powers to do more on tackling rape and sexual assault in war zones. Britain's Foreign Office released a picture of the US film star and Hague getting off a British-flagged jet in the central African country. They are also to visit the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo this week in a trip aimed at forcing the Group of Eight world powers to address the issue more seriously. Hague said he would be making it his priority when he hosts the annual meeting of G8 foreign ministers next month in London.

"This visit is about hearing first hand from people who have endured rape and sexual violence during the conflict in the eastern DRC," Jolie said. "We want to learn the lessons that their experience holds for how the world can protect thousands of women, men and children at risk of rape in many other conflict zones. "And we want to persuade governments around the world to give this issue the attention it deserves. "Unless the world acts, we will always be reacting to atrocities, treating survivors rather than preventing rape in the first place." Jolie and Hague are calling on the G8 to agree that rape and sexual violence constitute breaches of the Geneva Conventions governing warfare. They also want a new international protocol on the documentation and investigation of the issue.