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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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UNCA Awards 2017

Angelina went to the UNCA Awards yesterday, December 15 were Angie was awarded 2017’s UNCA Global Citizen of the Year and you can listed to her speech in the video below. And last, huge congratulations to Angelina, we are all so proud of you! <3

On Friday, December 15, Angelina Jolie attended the 2017 U.N. Correspondents Association Awards at the Cipriani Wall Street, where the actress and humanitarian received an award honoring her years of work bringing attention and aid to refugees around the world. She took her children Pax, Knox, Zahara and Shiloh with her to the event.

In a black strapless gown, Jolie looked elegant, glamorous and dignified receiving her honor. In her acceptance speech, Jolie mentioned her coworkers at the UNHRC (United Nations Human Rights Council), saying, “I remember many of our field visits and I learned so much from you,” and thanked the correspondents for their efforts. “I want to thank and honor the staff who routinely serve under difficult conditions and every kind of danger because they believe in and value every refugee life,” she said.

In a humble and self-aware moment, Jolie recognized that due to her privilege and the fact that she’s just part of a team, she’s able to pursue other projects and have a family outside her work with the UN, whereas many of her female colleagues “have been unable to have a family because of the dangerous places they have worked for years on end and the sacrifices they have made.”

Reflecting on her identity as a global citizen and the work of the UN in today’s world, Jolie eloquently put into words what so many of us should keep in mind:

“It is being suggested by some people today that to consider yourself a global citizen is to care less for your country, to be insufficiently patriotic. We’ve been led to believe that international institutions and treaties, commitments on human rights built over generations, are a straightjacket upon the interests of individual countries. As if the only way for any nation to rise is at the expense of others. like everyone here, I love my own country. I am proud to be American. But I also feel a sense of responsibility towards all other people all around the world fighting for the freedoms that we are very lucky to have secured years ago. And for me, this is what it means to be a citizen of the world: seeing yourself in the struggles of others.”

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Angelina at the “UN Peacekeeping Summit”

Angelina is currently in Vancouver, Canada at the UN Peacekeeping Summit and she is the keynote speaker. She will be talking about the issues of sexual abuse and exploitation of women in conflict zones.

There is so many reasons to admire Angelina and one is her strength to keep fighting for women all over the world. <3 Angelina let the Canadian magazine, The Huffington Post to read some of her speech and you can read it in our press archive:

“It is on our television screens and in our newspapers. Why then, does nothing change?”

Angelina Jolie believes there are three myths as to why sexual violence — which the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network defines as a “non-legal term that refers to crimes like sexual assault, rape, and sexual abuse” — still occurs in conflict zones and elsewhere, despite the advancements made around the world.

The 42-year-old actor, mother and Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is giving a keynote speech in Vancouver today at the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial Summit. HuffPost Canada got an exclusive first look at excerpts from her speech.

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Angelina will attend international peacekeeping summit in Canada

Angelina will hold a speech at this summit in Canada and it seems like it will be on November 14. We will keep you posted!

Angelina Jolie will deliver a keynote address at next week’s international peacekeeping summit in Vancouver, her office has confirmed to CBC News.

More than 80 countries have so far said they will attend the two-day United Nations ministerial meeting beginning on Nov. 14, where improving the gender balance of peacekeeping operations will be one of the overarching themes.

The Academy Award-winner and special envoy of the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees will deliver her remarks on the second day of the summit.

The content of her address is not known but she is expected to broach issues she has touched on many times in the past, including the prevention of sexual violence in conflict and justice for victims.
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2017 Nansen Refugee Award ceremony

The 2017 Nansen Refugee Award ceremony in Geneva on October 2 honoured Zannah Mustapha for founding a school in Maiduguri, Nigeria, the epicentre of the Boko Haram insurgency. In 2011 Angelina was honoured as well! View several interesting interviews and the event itself at the Facebook page and you can read more about the event at the official UNHCR page.

Angelina couldn’t attend the event but a new short film/documentary called The Others starring and music composed by Miyavi (previously in Unbroken) was released and Angelina is the director!

Angelina was also on video stream for the event and you can view a video with both Angelina and also Miyavi’s concert and interview here.

“The courage it takes to defend children’s’ rights to education in the face of Boko Haram is extraordinary. Zannah Mustapha has brought light to a region that has been terrorised for years.”

“Mr Mustapha, you are an inspiration. I hope this award encourages you and others to continue this vital work.”