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Runway of Hope: Angelina Opens Up About a Different Kind of Fashion Show

Runway of Hope: Angelina Opens Up About a Different Kind of Fashion Show

When Angelina visited Kenya last year she was photographed at some type of event that we wasn’t completely sure of what it was but it was actually a fashion show for RefuSHE. Yet another cause that Angelina and the Jolie-Pitt Foundation supports and you can read more about it in the Harper’s Bazaar article below or in our press archive. And go to RefuSHE to check out the scarfs and accessories available for sale and/or donate to the cause!

In all her years as an Academy Award–winning actress and director, Angelina Jolie—the most glamorous woman on the planet—never went to a fashion show. “I hadn’t been to one before,” the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Special Envoy says of the experience of finding herself seated front row during a visit to a refugee shelter in Nairobi, Kenya, last June. “But it was my kind of runway: the most beautiful girls, survivors with their heads held high, bringing forward their own designs and culture; showing how it’s possible to find your femininity again after it has been brutally attacked.”

The shelter Jolie visited on World Refugee Day is run by RefuSHE, an NGO that seeks to fill a crucial gap in care for girls and young women between the ages of 13 and 23 fleeing Somalia, South Sudan, and other war-torn countries in the region. “All the girls I met had been separated from their families or had seen their parents killed,” says Jolie. “Almost all had suffered sexual violence, and many had given birth after being raped.” RefuSHE provides counseling and shelter and conducts a multidisciplinary education program.

With the support of UNHCR, RefuSHE also encourages economic empowerment by teaching the young women to make colorful scarves using resist-dyeing, a traditional East African technique similar to tie-dye. This gives the refugees a marketable skill that can help set them on a path toward financial independence. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the scarves they make are reinvested into the program and its artisans; since 2010, nearly 70 percent of them have become self-sufficient.
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Article by Angelina and John McCain in New York Times

Article by Angelina and John McCain in New York Times

Angelina Jolie who co-founded “Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative” together with William Hague has written an article together with John McCain for the New York Times for the International Womens Day yesterday, March 8th.

Around the world, there is profound concern that America is giving up the mantle of global leadership. Our steady retreat over the past decade has contributed to a wide array of complex global challenges — a dangerous erosion of the rule of law, gross human rights violations and the decline of the rules-based international order that was designed in the aftermath of two world wars to prevent conflict and deter mass atrocities.

We’ve seen this unfold in Syria, where the United States and the international community have shamefully failed to address brutal violence that has engulfed the country for seven years, led to hundreds of thousands dead and contributed to the worst refugee crisis since the end of World War II.

Read full article in our press archive or at the original source.

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Angelina on the International Womens Day

Angelina on the International Womens Day

Guerlain posted a video for the Womens Day with a short interview with Angelina speaking about how we can help and empower women all over the world.

“I hope this year we will focus on the changes we can make, not just in ourselves, but in relation to women around the world who are most vulnerable. What laws can we change, what stigmas can we address? “

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Lecture at “London School of Economics and Political Science”

Lecture at “London School of Economics and Political Science”

Two events in a row wasn’t enough for Angelina, she also had time to go to lead a lecture in London on Monday. She gave a seminar to students taking the Masters Course in Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Angelina is is serving as a visiting professor in practice.

The class is part of a series of extra-curricular seminars called “Women, Peace and Security In Practice,” which are designed to give students an insight into the realities of working on gender equality in conflict-affected settings.

Besides speaking about her work as an UNHCR Special Envoy and as co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI), Jolie took questions from the students on everything from the importance of accountability for human rights violations against women in conflict to the link between violence against women and gender inequality.

A source close to Jolie tells PEOPLE, ”She found it very helpful to be able to sit with the students and debate different concerns for women internationally, and different views on ways forward. She hopes not just to be able to teach them, but also to work with them in the months to come, to shape ideas together on ways to improve the global situation for women.”

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Visited the NATO Headquarters for a press conference

Visited the NATO Headquarters for a press conference

Angelina visited the NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium today for a press conference with Jens Stoltenberg. She will continue to work together with NATO in the fight against violence against women and children in war times. Angelina started the “Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative” 5 years ago in England she fights hard to make changes in the world. She is such a true inspiration and we couldn’t be more proud of her!

View video of her and NATO’s General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg’s speech below.

Stoltenberg and Jolie have jointly pledged to work together to identify ways NATO can best protect women in conflict scenarios.

Actor-turned-director and special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Angelina Jolie, is scheduled to meet with North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg.

The envoy will address issues relating to gender violence and the protection of civilians in conflict with Stoltenberg and with the members of the North Atlantic Council. The activist has spent a large amount of time working in the field to bring key human rights issues to the forefront of the international political dialogue.

Stoltenberg and Jolie have jointly pledged to work together to identify ways NATO can best protection of women in those scenarios.

“We believe NATO is responsible for and the opportunity to be a leading protector of women’s rights,” Stoltenberg and the actress wrote in an Oct. letter – on which they had collaborated – highlighting existing problems and explaining procedures NATO could follow to protect women in conflict-ridden regions.

They also urged for more unified actions among companies, civil society, governments and political leadership against sexual violence in conflicts.

“Ending gender-based violence is a vital issue for peace and security, as well as for social justice,” the letter stated.

Jolie will reportedly be briefed on the duties of NATO advisers relating to gender issues in Kosovo and Afghanistan. “The focus will be on the protection of civilians, especially with regard to protection against sexual and gender-based violence,” a NATO official disclosed.

Measures to prevent sexual violence, as well as the implementation of protections for women in war zones, is expected to feature prominently among the talks.

Jolie will also meet Vice-General Secretary Rose Gottemoeller and Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security Clare Hutchinson.

The sometimes-director recently met with Syrian refugees and spoke with women who were victims of sexual violence during the civil war. Sexual violence is prohibited in conflict by international law but weaponized regardless.

Jolie is the co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, which aims to raise awareness about the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.

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