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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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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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Meets with French First Lady Brigitte Macron and the president

Meets with French First Lady Brigitte Macron and the president

Angelina was photographed at several locations in Paris, France together with her kids and on her own going to the Guerlain store on the Champs-Elysees avenue. Later on January 30th she went to meet with the French First Lady Brigitte Macron. It’s been said to have been a request of Angelina herself and that they met during her trip to Jordon on Sunday.

She’s also photographed with the French president Emmanuel Macron and she looked so gorgeous in her dress!

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Meets with Jordanian Foreign Minister

While in Jordan Angelina met with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi and we’ve added an article about it below and you can also view some news segment covering it here and photos in the gallery.

Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi on Sunday met with UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie to shed light on refugee issues, and urged the international community to continue providing necessary support to meet their needs.

The minister acquainted Jolie with the Kingdom’s efforts in presenting humanitarian and development needs to Syrian refugees, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

He highlighted the importance for the international community to continue assisting Jordan in bearing the repercussions of Syrian refugee influx, and offering education, health services and decent living conditions to 1.3 million Syrians in the Kingdom.

Cooperation in providing services is essential to the security of the region and the world, he said, noting that depriving refugees, especially children, of hope and education will pave way for despair and ignorance that will create a breeding ground for extremism.

Hosting refugees and meeting their basic needs will contribute to empowering them to take part in the reconstruction of their country when they are back, Safadi stressed.

For her part, Jolie commended the Kingdom’s humanitarian stance and efforts in helping refugees despite all economic challenges.

She called on the international community to continue bearing its responsibilities towards the Kingdom and providing the necessary support to help Jordan provide refugees’ needs.

Safadi and Jolie agreed to continue cooperation between the Kingdom and the commission, which provides basic services to hundreds of thousands of refugees.

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Angelina visited the Zaatari Camp in Jordan

Angelina visited the Zaatari Camp in Jordan

Angelina visited the Zaatari Camp in Jordan today to meet Syrian refugees again. She had a shorter press conference there and later she was talking and meeting people. Below you can read her speech on such an important cause and also view a video and photos. You can view several videos in the video archive.

Remarks in Zataari Camp, as delivered:

“It is heartbreaking to return to Jordan and witness the levels of hardship and trauma among Syrian refugees as the war enters its eighth year.

We in UNHCR are deeply grateful to the Jordanian people, for their generosity and humanity towards the victims of the conflict.

Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq now host nearly 5 ½ million Syrian refugees between them.

They really are an example to the world, at a time when solidarity with refugees is in short supply.

We should be under no illusions that this is a crisis that has been out of control for years.

UNHCR does not have the funds to provide in full even the most basic necessities for survival for many families:

Last year, the UNHCR response for the Syria crisis was only 50 per cent funded.

And so far in 2018, it is only 7 per cent funded.

There is nothing more devastating for UNHCR staff than not to be able to give people the help they need and deserve.

After seven years of war, most Syrian refugees have exhausted any savings they had.

The vast majority of them already live below the poverty line, on less than three dollars a day.
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