Angelina Jolie Speaks Out On Violence Against Women Around The World

African Union Commssion Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (L) and US actress and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) special envoy Angelina Jolie attend a panel discussion on Conflict related Gender Violence on June 12, 2015 during an African Union (AU) Summit session in Johannesburg. The 25th Ordinary Session of the African Union will be held ni Johannesburg from June 7-15 with the theme of women's empowerment. AFP PHOTO / GORDON HARNOLS        (Photo credit should read GORDON HARNOLS/AFP/Getty Images)
African Union Commssion Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (L) and US actress and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) special envoy Angelina Jolie attend a panel discussion on Conflict related Gender Violence on June 12, 2015 during an African Union (AU) Summit session in Johannesburg. The 25th Ordinary Session of the African Union will be held ni Johannesburg from June 7-15 with the theme of women’s empowerment. AFP PHOTO / GORDON HARNOLS (Photo credit should read GORDON HARNOLS/AFP/Getty Images)

Actress and UN ambassador, Angelina Jolie Pitt, said violence against women is still largely ignored and that women still bear the brunt of extremists around the world.

The Hollywood mother who is in the country, addressed a room full of delegates at the biannual African Union Summit on Thursday, held in Johannesburg this year.

“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 lower priority…This is inextricably linked to our overall failure to prevent and end conflicts worldwide, which is causing human suffering on an unprecedented level.”

Dressed in Micheal Kors, she praised the resilient African women who face such trials and concluded her speech by suggesting that the way forward is for women to play a vital role in drawing up such policies.

“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,” she said. “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.”

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3 thoughts on “Angelina Jolie Speaks Out On Violence Against Women Around The World

  1. Reblogged this on UrbanEmurge and commented:
    A highly important reblog care of YoungToday. The importance of the worldwide epidemic of violence against women cannot be overstated. Actress and U.N. Ambassador Angelina Jolie knows that, which is why she spoke to a room of delegates at the African Union Summit in Johannesburg this past week. Read the entire article below, and thanks again to the YoungToday blog for the original posting.

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