Angelina Jolie Gives Powerful Speech On Violence Against Women at African Union Summit

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On June 11, 2015, Angelina Jolie Pitt gave a powerful speech at the African Union Summit regarding violence against women across the globe.

At this particular AU Summit, held in Johannesburg and Pretoria, South Africa, she stated, “There is a global epidemic of violence against women—both within conflict zones and within societies at peace—and it is still treated as a lesser crime and priority.”

Jolie Pitt is first and foremost known for her Hollywood career. She has one Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild awards, and three Golden Globes.

But she is not just another face in Hollywood. Jolie Pitt is an active humanitarian and philanthropist. She is currently a Special Envoy for the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees, and she has also received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her work.

Her main focus is on refugees and women’s rights and education. Previously, she has been outspoken about ending sexual violence, given speeches alongside Bill Clinton about education across the globe, and has pleaded for refugees and immigrants in front of the UN.

At the AU Summit, Jolie Pitt spoke of the strong African women she has met and stated that they “deserve better than to be left alone to suffer.”

She wraps up her speech with a call to action: “We need policies for long-term security that are designed by women, focused on women, executed by women – not at the expense of men, or instead of men, but alongside and with men. There is no greater pillar of stability than a strong, free and educated woman, and there is no more inspiring role model than a man who respects and cherishes women and champions their leadership.”

This plea from Jolie Pitt is asking for all women, men, and governments to support one another and bring direct responses to women and refugees across the world, as she has done.

Jolie Pitt continues to make headlines with her humanitarian work this June as she and her daughter Shiloh visited Syrian refugees in Turkey for World Refugee Day on June 20th.

At a press conference following this visit, Jolie Pitt again pled her case for refugees. She stated that the world is living through an era of mass displacement and “never before have so many people been dispossessed or stripped of their human rights.” Turkey currently has 1.6 million refugees displaced in their country.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: AMY VAUGHN9d54e19e059511e2a62d1231380fd04a_7

I am a recent Montclair State University graduate with a BA in English. My first love is writing, specifically nonfiction and short stories. International human rights and women’s rights are also strong passions of mine. I hope to someday be able to call myself an editor, human rights advocate, and jewelry designer. I can’t live without Mad Men (er, Netflix), soy chai lattes, or my adorable Wheaten terrier, Pippin.

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