As UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie and former British Foreign Secretary William Hague launched the United Kingdom’s first academic Centre on Women, Peace and Security on Tuesday at The London School of Economics and Political Science.
She stated “I am excited at the thought of all the students in years to come who will study in this new Centre. 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 to make a decisive difference.”
Jolie, a U.N. special envoy, co-founded a campaign on preventing sexual violence with former British Foreign Secretary William Hague in 2012
Angelina Jolie’s father, Jon Voight think is daughter’s directorial film ‘Unbroken’ is Deserved for ‘ Oscar Nominees
“I wish she had [been nominated for Best Director], because I think she deserved it,” Jon said, according to Vulture. “I think her direction is astounding, really astounding, and if she wasn’t my daughter, I’d still say, ‘I want to work for that one.'”
He added, “She’s a great actor’s director — the pace of the film, the size of the film. Unbelievably difficult stuff that she accomplished.”
Angelina Jolie yesterday stated that religious leaders have the “power” role in the avoidance of sexual violence in conflict. Jolie urged those present such as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rev Justin Welby to improve awareness about sexual violence being used as a weapon of war
“Our most powerful assets are not our armies, They are our values. As faith leaders you are advocates for the values of compassion, tolerance, justice and reconciliation.” she said
The use of sexual violence in war is “fuelled by impunity,” Jolie added.
“We have to speak more loudly than those preaching hatred as religion. I believe we can, Our response must never again be that these things simply happen, or that peace is more important than justice,” Jolie said at the time.
“There are many crimes, abuses of all forms, that we must fight together. But let us begin here.”