Draw Me To Safety

Stella's philanthropic move

Stella McCartney is turning her fashion powers to good to highlight the plight of children caught in war zones.

Yesterday, the designer joined Angelina Jolie at the Global Summit To End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London - at which the actress is serving as co-host - to launch Draw Me to Safety: an art project aimed at eight to 15-year-olds both in the UK and in areas of conflict world wide.

Based on the question 'what makes you feel safe?', the youngsters will submit artwork that will ultimately inspire an exclusive Stella McCartney design. This will then be sold to raise money for War Child UK, which helps protect children in some of the most dangerous war zones in the world.

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'This project is about young people standing with children affected by conflict,' said McCartney. '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.'

Added Jolie: 'These are moving examples of how children who have lost so much see the world. 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.'

Polline, a survivor from Northern Uganda who was abducted into sexual slavery aged 12, will judge a section of submissions while an online gallery of the works hopes to highlight the difference in attitudes to safety between children in the UK and those abroad.

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