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Why Nato must defend women’s rights

Article written by Angelina and Jens Stoltenberg for The Guardian. A very important article so be sure to read it!

All violence against women betrays the fundamental promise in the UN Charter of equal rights and dignity for women. It is one of the prime reasons why women remain in a subordinate position in relation to men in most parts of the world.

When this violence is committed as an act of war it tears apart families, creates mass displacement, and makes peace and reconciliation far harder to achieve. In fact, it is often designed expressly to achieve those goals as part of a military strategy.

Despite being prohibited by international law, sexual violence continues to be employed as a tactic of war in numerous conflicts from Myanmar to Ukraine and Syria to Somalia. It includes mass rape, gang rape, sexual slavery, and rape as a form of torture, ethnic cleansing and terrorism. It accounts in large part for why it is often more dangerous to be a woman in a warzone today than it is to be a soldier.
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Angelina in Amnesty International video

New video with Angelina speaking directly to the children of the world in a new Amnesty International video. View below:

Angelina Jolie: “Children, we need you”

Angelina Jolie speaks to children about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and how the next generation can help improve all our lives.

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Attends meeting with UN Secretary General

This afternoon Thursday, September 14, Angelina participated in a meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. We don’t know what the meeting was about but they posed for photos and went in to a private meeting afterwards.

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Opening of Shiloh Wildlife Sanctuary in Namibia

When Angelina and her kids was visiting Africa, she didn’t only attend the World Refugee Day but she and Shiloh did also go to the opening of the Shiloh Wildlife Sanctuary. People Magazine has an exclusive article and photos from the event and I’m very happy that Angelina takes the time and effort to support animals in need as well. A cause very dear to my heart!

This must be very special for Shiloh who was born in Namibia and she has a cheetah named after her as well! 🙂 And this update works as a magazine alert as well, so if anyone can scan this magazine for us that would be great!

“Her face lit up when she saw the sanctuary for the first time,” a source tells PEOPLE. “The name was a surprise to her and she was beaming. She and her brothers and sisters moved around very quietly as the newly rescued elephants were still settling in.”

“It is a privilege to work with N/a’an ku sê Foundation and be able to contribute to conservation in Namibia,” Jolie said before leaving.

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Renews UNHCR contract, says ‘I’m with you for life’

Angelina signed new contract for UNHCR and will continue doing as much as she can to help others. Article and photos below from when she was at the UNHCR headquarters in Geneva on March 15.

During a visit to the UN Refugee Agency’s headquarters in Geneva, Jolie urged staff to step forward and ‘say who we are and who we fight for and work even harder.’

Special Envoy Angelina Jolie today reaffirmed her commitment to refugees worldwide, telling staff at UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency: “I am with you for life.”

Jolie visited UNHCR headquarters during a one-day trip to Geneva, speaking to hundreds of staff members assembled in the atrium.

“This is like coming home. I was first here 16 years ago and had no idea what was ahead of me. I am sure many of you sometimes feel the same way.”

In the years she has worked with UNHCR, Jolie noted that the number of people driven from their homes by wars and persecution had surged to 65 million from 22 million, presenting a challenge to the world and in particular the UN Refugee Agency.

“You have more people under your care, you have more to be concerned with, you have more to do, and you have less support, and I can’t imagine how hard it must be for you sometimes coming to work every day,” Jolie said.

The rise in displacement comes at a moment when lasting solutions to the conflicts and other situations driving displacement remain elusive.

“And, I know, many days you must feel, when you read the news, when you do your work, when you go into the field, ‘are we doing enough? Will we ever be able to do enough? Will we ever be able to get on top of this situation?’”

“Probably like most field officers, I know you think more about those you couldn’t help, than all those you have helped. But know there’s a reason why I’m so proud to be with UNHCR, because the work you do, and what you do in the field, and the lives you help to save and the people you help to get through their days … makes all the difference.”

Speaking of the many challenges facing UNHCR and the broader humanitarian community, Jolie urged staff to “really step forward and say who we are and who we fight for and work even harder. So I am with you, not just for my contract, I am with you for life. You can’t walk away once you’ve joined UNHCR.”

The Special Envoy recounted an anecdote about visits to the field, talking with UNHCR staff over drinks or dinner, when the conversation inevitably turns to policies or refugees. “You can’t shake it. It’s who you become. So we stand here as family and I am with you.”

She concluded, saying simply: “I hope I represent you as best I can in all your work, and I will continue to.”

During her visit to UNHCR, Jolie met with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, to renew the agreement for her as a UNHCR Special Envoy.

She also was also delivering the annual lecture for the Sergio Vieira de Mello foundation, which honours the memory and work of the UNHCR staff member and diplomat, who was killed in Iraq in 2003 when the United Nations office in Baghdad was bombed by terrorists.

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