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BBC Radio 4: Today interview, photos and previous years

We have added the new ‘BBC Radio 4: Today’ radio program with Angelina from December 28th and we have also added her previous appearances on the BBC Radio 4: Woman’s Hour show from 2016 and 2014. You can listen to them on the audio page in the media archive as well as view photos from the interview in the gallery!

This will be our last update for the year so we will take the chance to wish you a Happy New Year and thanks for your support and for coming back and visiting the site!

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Angelina interviewed by Nobel Peace Prize winner Denis Mukwege

Angelina got interviewed by the inspiring Nobel Peace Prize winner Denis Mukwege for BBC Radio 4 and we post this with a warning that it has graphic descriptions of rape. But a very important topic and a good and interesting interview. You can also listen to it in our audio archive.

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Tune In: Angelina guests Radio 4’s Today programme

Angelina will guest edit today, December 28 on Radio 4’s Today programme. She’s speaking to guests about refugees and survivors of conflict and discussing solutions and how we can help.

We will try and find the show for all of you who can’t find it so come back later to the site!

Here is the full interview!

Angelina Jolie’s Today programme: these testimonies went to a deeper place
Radio 4 guest edit featured warnings of upsetting content, but it was more likely listeners would abandon all faith in humanity

The lasting memory of Angelina Jolie’s one-day Christmas tenure as editor of the Today Programme will be the horrific descriptions of violence: Rohingya Muslim women describing gang rapes; Denis Mukwege, Nobel peace prize-winning doctor from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, describing injuries so barbaric that no “common sense of humanity” could survive them.

Every second interview was prefaced with a warning to listeners that they may find it upsetting: but what an inadequate phrase that was. Swear words, natural disasters, sudden, high-pitched noises are upsetting; these testimonies went to a deeper place. The warning should have been: “Some listeners may find themselves bereft of all faith in humanity.” And it wouldn’t have put anyone off: the value of beholding barbarism is only properly understood against its opposite, ignoring it.

Jolie launched the prevent sexual violence initiative after making Land of Blood and Honey in 2012, a film about the Bosnian conflict. Her wingman was William Hague, as incongruous as a house elf, scuttling alongside her down the corridors of the United Nations. Rape as a weapon of war was the focus of much of the programme, with DRC, at its centre. The conventions of current affairs sat oddly in the context; Mishal Husain, interviewing Nato’s supreme allied commander Europe, Curtis Scaparrotti, listened to his description of Rwanda (“the level of distress and … sheer evil was shocking”) attempted a bit of back-and-forth, some classic interviewer-y challenge: “And thus it has been through the ages,” she said. Women are always getting raped in conflict, is it realistic to think we can do anything about it? After a brief exposition about mankind and its responsibilities, Scaparrotti ended up making a social media point; now that communication is so fast and so flat, it is easier to establish global moral absolutes, things we collectively cannot abide. But it was such a peculiar tilt at the topic, effectively asking someone to explain how violence can be bad, given that it is not new.
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Angelina Is Fighting the Social Stigma Faced by Survivors of Sexual Violence

Marie Clarie has posted an article about Angelina and her work for Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI) and the previous film festival in the UK. You can read more about this issue and the initiative here. The magazine had an exclusive interview with Angie and it has been added to the press archive!

The Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative is dedicated to providing justice and support for victims.

Angelina Jolie is doubling down in her fight against the stigma of rape. Launched in 2012 by Jolie and then UK Foreign Secretary William Hague, Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict is a global initiative focused not just on stopping assaults, but also the social stigma faced by survivors of sexual violence, and providing justice for victims.

“Sexual violence in conflict is still a taboo subject,” Jolie tells Marie Claire in an exclusive interview of why this stigma exists. “Female and male survivors, and children born of this rape, are often treated as if they are the ones who have done something wrong. They are rejected and stigmatized, while their attackers go unpunished. That’s what has to change, and breaking the taboo is part of that.”

Leading the global effort is the United Kingdom, and since the launch of PSVI, the UK has provided thousands of survivors with medical, social, and legal support, assisted organizations in local communities supporting survivors, and trained over 17,000 military and police officers on how to prevent and respond to sexual violence, and created guidelines to help strengthen the collection of evidence and documentation to bring perpetrators to justice. In addition to finding ways to make it easier for survivors to report crimes in cases where they cannot go to their local authorities, Jolie is also fighting to address shortfalls in funding commitments from Governments for protection, psychosocial support, and other programs to support survivors, as well as reparations to help survivors rebuild their lives. She is also calling for establishing an international, investigative body that can take action in determining if a crime of sexual violence has taken place, collect evidence, and enable rapid and effective prosecution.

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Video with Angelina speaking about the ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’

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A new video with a very important message from Angelina has been released. The reason for behind it is that it has been 70 years since the ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ was written and that we have to keep fighting for this to continue being a reality and also that it will be a given in all countries. The campaign is called #Standup4humanrights so begin sharing and help getting the word out!

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