Angelina Jolie announces creation of Centre on Women, Peace & Security

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Angelina Jolie has been in England this week, doing work on behalf of her program with William Hague, Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict. Hague and Jolie already did a two-day interfaith discussion, and then on Tuesday, Angelina was at the London School of Economics to announce the creation of the Centre on Women, Peace and Security. LSE’s Twitter account had the photos, and the press release.

Angelina Jolie expanded on her humanitarian efforts Tuesday in London, announcing the creation of the Centre on Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics. Jolie, 39, a special envoy of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, attended the event alongside William Hague, Britain’s First Secretary of State and leader of the House of Commons, PEOPLE confirms.

The new center will aim to educate students about the participation of women in “conflict-related processes” and “on enhancing accountability and ending impunity for rape and sexual violence in war,” according to a press release from the renowned London School of Economics.

“I am excited at the thought of all the students in years to come who will study in this new Centre,” Jolie said in a statement. “There is no stable future for a world in which crimes committed against women go unpunished. We need the next generation of educated youth with inquisitive minds and fresh energy, who are willing not only to sit in the classroom but to go out into the field and the courtrooms and to make a decisive difference.”

The new center will support the goals of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI), which Jolie and Hague co-founded in 2012. Next year, the newly announced center will begin offering post-graduate degrees. The center is also supported by former U.S. Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry.

[From People]

This is so interesting! Is anyone else slightly surprised that Angelina has been launching this initiative exclusively in England though? I know she’s close with Hague and he’s probably the most high-profile ally for Jolie (even though America’s former and current Secretaries of State seem to be on board as well). And on a superficial level, look at the branding of this: Jolie’s initiative is so significant, important and well-regarded that the London School of Economics has agreed to host the center.

Also on a superficial level? Angelina is referred to “Jolie Pitt” throughout the press release. Like, that’s her name now. She’s Angelina Jolie Pitt. But is Brad now Brad Jolie Pitt?

Photos courtesy of the London School of Economics.

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  1. savu says:

    This is so awesome. These are issues I think a lot of people truly wouldn’t know about if not for her. Admirable as always.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      She really does make a difference.

      • Andrea1 says:

        What a great woman! 🙂

      • MsGoblin says:

        Just when I thought I couldn’t be more impressed with her humanitarian efforts, she one-ups herself.

      • FLORC says:

        She does. She really is amazing and the causes here are in great need.
        I have nothing, but respect for her and how she handles herself as a humanitarian.

        One to emulate.

    • neer says:

      Me too. There are many issues that I get to know only because of AJ. She is really using her name in a good use…… to help other people. She is truly worthy of our admiration & respect.

    • Tristan says:

      This woman is an inspiration! Unlike so many celebs, who do nothing but take stupid selfies of their ass, she is constantly out there promoting awareness of some of the most horrible & troubling issues of our times. If only everyone else in the public sphere was like her. I can’t think of any other mega famous celeb, who actually goes to the trouble of going to dangerous & scary places, like Syria & Iraq, to highlight the plight of so many unfortunate victims of the ghastly fanatics in these countries

    • Lucinda says:

      Exactly. This is finally becoming part of the national and international conversation. There are so many sexual abuses of women worldwide beyond genital mutilation (which is also a big issue of course). I admit I would prefer to bury my head in the sand because the problem is so overwhelming but I’m glad she is using her celebrity to bring light to this topic and bring people together to have meaningful and hopefully productive conversations about it.

    • Belle Epoch says:

      Just watched some of her documentary films yesterday. She was talking to mothers in Syria whose husbands had been shot and whose daughters had been forcibly taken away. AJP was completely focused on their stories and crying. INCREDIBLE woman.

      She is looking very thin. I read she can’t eat because others are starving? She needs her health and energy!!!

      • FLORC says:

        I’ve seen those too. It’s such a struggle to watch because i’m sobbing from sadness and outraged all at once.

        Also, it was a big issue one a trip. She wouldn’t eat because she was giving her food to the people starving around her.
        And I can only imagine when you get so invested and hear of suffering your appetite suffers. It’s not a conscious action.

    • Someonestolemyname says:

      Love her.

  2. Pixi says:

    Love that this story appears next to JAniston’s whiney #1 snubbed story!

  3. Luca76 says:

    That’s so bad ass!!!

  4. Andrea1 says:

    Kudos to Angie for the great work she is doing! She is truly a remarkable woman..

  5. scout says:

    More power to Mrs. Jolie Pitt! Educate, educate, educate!!
    That’s the only way to better the World. Educate girls and women, the whole family will be enlightened. Teach and educate our sons to love and respect women by example, World will benefit from that. Just heard Taliban burnt down Girls’ schools and women’s hospital in Afghanistan last week. Makes me so sad.

    Yeah, is Brad now a “Jolie Pitt”? Hmm…

    • V4Real says:

      What’s wrong with them addressing her as Jolie Pitt, it’s her name right. Don’t they address William Hague by his last name, Hague?

      Also if AJ took her husband’s name then it’s expected that people would say Jolie Pitt. As for Brad, he is still just Brad Pitt.

      • Greata says:

        @V4Real…Spot on!

      • jen2 says:

        Agree and Brad’s middle name is not Jolie and I am not sure she is hyphenating, or actually changing it for other purposes, so it would not make sense for him to change his name. All the women in my family dropped their official middle names and kept their maiden names as their middle names, and this may be what she has in mind. But she must be proud of it as this is how she was officially addressed at this and the other days conference and on her name plate.

        But, all in all, a great project and congratulations to all involved, but especially Ms. Jolie Pitt.

      • GoOnGirl says:

        I agree. Her name tag clearly spells out Angelina Jolie Pitt. Apparently that’s the way she wants to be addressed. Now if the media can only get it right. And am so proud to be a fan of this woman. Hope she never quits doing the good work and good job she’s doing.

      • FLORC says:

        Exactly. It was over complicating something so simple. Also like the children. Maddox was there before Brad and the children were mostly adopted by her only. So when Brad adopted them too they became Jolie Pitt.

        And i’m thinking AJ was always going to keep the Jolie part of her name out of remembrance of her mother.

      • Luca76 says:

        I don’t think we know whether or not Brad Pitt chose to change his name privately. While it was originally a stage name she did legally remove Voigt as a last name ages ago, and all of their children have the last name Jolie-Pitt. I think it would be cool if he made an announcement that he changed his name off stage because a fair amount of feminist men are doing it these days.

      • Katherine says:

        Your legal middle name is the middle name from your birth certificate. You may take and use 2 last names when you marry but marriage doesn’t legally change your middle name.

        I know women do this but it’s not correct.

    • Janet says:

      Not unless they hyphenate the name like they did with the kids. Professionally they will probably keep the single surnames. I can’t imagine “Starring Brad Jolie-Pitt” on the movie posters but hey, you never know. 😀

      • bettyrose says:

        I can see her wanting to use the same last name as her children for her humanitarian work. Until it shows up in movie credits though I’m not too concerned what Brad does.

  6. Kim1 says:

    Bravo Angie
    A real girl’s girl
    On a sidenote what does it mean that the Center is supported by Hillary Clinton and John Kerry?
    Financially supported?

    • Lucrezia says:

      No … they wrote congratulations letters basically saying “great idea, best wishes”.

    • jen2 says:

      John Kerry is US Secretary of State and was present when the original project was launched and at the summer conference as well. And Hillary Clinton is former Secretary of State and probably was involved behind the scenes before she retired.

  7. Naddie says:

    That’s one of the reasons why I really think she belongs to that most admirable women’s list. She could be a stupid, self-absorbed woman or simply a ditz, like so many others, but she tries to make a better living for people instead.

    • Andrea1 says:

      I completely agree with you!

    • obsidian says:

      I agree. It would have been so easy for her to just lead the hollywood superficial life. Choosing to put her energy to be a voice for abused women and refugees instead is what makes her amazing.

  8. BNA FN says:

    Im so proud to be a fan of Angelina Jolie Pitt. One of the thing I admire most about Angelina is how dedicated she is to her causes. She is educating the next generation of women on how they should be treated by the men they in their lives with respect and love.
    . I’m sure her family is so proud of her.

  9. Amcn says:

    Didn’t the uk donate £1m to the centre? I am assuming that is why it is based in London. Of course if other governments are willing to offer that amount of support the initiative will be expanded to other countries. Amazing that it has gone this far. Educating the next generation of decision makers is a terrific action plan. Progress is slow but these sorts of initiatives will hopefully make a big difference in years to come. And educating the public through AJ’s involvement will just give this program momentum.

    • MrsBPitt says:

      It would be wonderful, if these Centres were opened all over the world!

    • lower-case deb says:

      i’m not sure where to put this link, but it’s interesting that perhaps this mentioned meeting in December was with LSE.
      Angelina sure works fast.

      “On the day I met Jolie she was embroiled in a round of media interviews that began at 10am and ended at 2.45pm. At 3pm she was at Hague’s office, in a meeting with him and representatives of a British university, discussing how to build bridges between governments, NGOs and academia over the sexual violence initiative…. Three hours after her meeting with Hague, Jolie was on the red carpet outside a West End cinema for the premiere of Unbroken.”

      • zut alors! says:

        I love that even in the middle of her movie promotional press tour, she made time in her schedule to fit in the work that is so important and fulfilling for her. I like that she’s always marched to the beat of her own drum.

    • Sixer says:

      I think a centre like this would have to be based in Europe because it’s Europeans who are developing international human rights law and study. The US has been largely shut out of the developing because it hasn’t signed up to the ICC and the other supra-national organisations. The centre will be offering MSc (post-graduate degree) in sexual violence as part of a Global Affairs set of programs which revolve around international human rights law. It’s no coincidence that the two academics running it have extensive work histories in the US (one is from NYU) but have come to London to set this up. You can’t move this stuff forwards so easily in the US because it’s not a participant in any of the supra-national processes.

      • Sara says:

        It is not currently a participant but it spearheaded these organizations and created them in the 20th century. The way the Europeans are conducting themselves vis-a-vis the ICC and selective tribunals is horrendous.

  10. sali says:

    she’s so over rated go away please

    • Abby says:

      Jennifer? is that you? I think this particular story does not make her overrated. She’s doing actual good for hurting women.

      • Kim1 says:

        Now you know Jen is too busy reading scripts

      • misstee says:

        Lets just put this Myth to bed that AJ has single handedly explained to the world that Rape is used as a tool of violence in war hm ok?

        There isn’t a person from teenager upwards on the planet that picks up a paper every now and then that doesn’t know that rape is used in war.

        The deepest irony of all this is that the last time she was here in the UK about this just down the road in a Detention Centre female refugees most of which had been raped in their home countries were being mentally abused.

        If she was really informed, really had balls, she would have been pointing her finger at this – THAT would have been opening peoples eyes to what goes on, not some spanky Centre for Dignitaries to hob nob in.

      • Abby says:

        @misstee who said she single-handedly explained it to the world? That’s great that you think everyone knows rape is used in war… but it’s still happening, so something still needs to be done.

        It’s too bad Angie can’t point out every single atrocity ever in the world. That’s her job, right?

      • DayandNight says:

        @ Abby

        Explaining that rape is used as an instrument of war will not end the rapes.

        It is too bad that Angie can’t get off her high hollywood do-gooderism horse and point out those western politicians and those western think tanks and lobby groups in particular are responsible for those wars and therefore the rapes in those wars.
        It is wrong to call Jolie’s attempts half-hearted. They are designed to not offend anybody because Miss Hollywood do-gooderism doesn’t want to offend anybody and will therefore not shake up anything.

        Jolie seems to think she can end the rapes without ending the wars. And that is truly ridiculous hollywood do-gooderism without thinking.

    • Ennie says:

      A woman doing something for other less fortunate women, plenty of issues to discuss, and this is what it is in the comment?
      Just this past week there was a day of commemorating the fight and awareness against sexual mutilation of some all around the world, and AJ just discussed abuses towards women in her latest mag interview.
      I really think there are other totally overrated and over-praised celebs around, but I try to stay away from them.

    • FLORC says:

      sali agree. Why can’t Angelina go back to her riches and chateau. Shouldn’t she be doing pap walks and not raising awareness for crimes against humanity while putting into action ways to combat it? The NERVE of this homewrecker…. Am I right?

      She should know her place as a celeb that should show no depth past her multi layered highlights.
      *Stands with sali/crosses arms*

    • Sara says:

      Agreed. I am truly shocked at the number of people who swoon over Jolie and feel she’s a source of enlightenment and education. It speaks volumes about our lack of education in the 21st century.

      • Tarsha_ says:

        So believing a person who gives back to the community, deserves recognition, is ‘swooning’? I think the irrational sheer hatred for a woman being recognised by other human beings for doing something nice with her fame is an indication of the desensitised hatred in the 21st century and speaks volumes about the people that seek these stories out just to make childish and spiteful comments. It truly does.

  11. Oh. says:

    I hope this spreads further than just the UK. LSE is one of the best universities in the world and a great place to start this though. As someone currently looking for higher education in London, this certainly interests me 🙂

  12. Abby says:

    This is wonderful. Go Angie! I hope this centre helps a lot of women.

  13. db says:

    I believe AJ’s motives are good. However I’ve seen this kind of superficial and vague institute stuff before, and I don’t trust it. I feel like it’s meant to make everyone involved feel good than actually accomplish anything. “Education” meaning what? Preaching to the converted? They don’t need it. Those most in need of enlightenment on this issue by definition will not be taking these courses. Like that “interfaith” meeting we talked about yesterday – interfaith, really? Because I only saw reference to the Catholic church, and that’s not the hotspot right now. So, again, those most in need of education and dialogue are not being engaged.

    I’m curmudgeonly on this kind of stuff. Intentions are good and all, but honestly? I think it’s bull.

    • BNA FN says:

      db downer. Angelina Jolie Pitt is the real deal. She has been walking the walk for 14 years, enough said.

    • Ennie says:

      I think that even in the “converted” places there’s always room to improve. I was reading last week how female mutilation is Growing its numbers outside Africa, because of different factors, and I t is appalling that this is happening, especially because one would think that the immigration would cause improvement and some mind change, and it hasn’t. Education and reeducation is sorely needed in this modern world, we should not take it for granted.

      • db says:

        Oh I couldn’t agree more — education IS needed, and desperately. The sticking point, for me, is will the people who need it, the people for whom it is a rite of war — how will *they* be engaged?

      • Ennie says:

        I think that it’s better to have these new education options than not, and probably one of their preoccupations will be to reach Thosee who need it most. Surely they will cook some strategy, even if fundamentalism and extremism’ walls are difficult to overcome.

      • Janet says:

        It’s absolutely sickening. They know genital mutilation is illegal in the US so they are taking their daughters back to Africa over the summer vacation and getting them cut there.

      • FLORC says:

        Despite what you might think motives are it’s till a good thing.
        When we stop talking about it all together we forget about it. Even if it’s only talked about to those who agree you never know if someone will think of a way to combate the wrongs being done.
        Keeping it fresh and on the lips does far more than you think.
        Or should we just all agree with eachother and not bring it up again?

      • Anon says:

        Interesting the reports though how Ebola has helped curb the female mutilations.

        Still, Angelina has always had the right track…education, education.

    • Janet says:

      You would think that, wouldn’t you? 🙄

    • lucy2 says:

      I think it’s always good to be cautious and want real results, there are many celebrity charities and other organizations that don’t do much at all and are run very poorly, sometimes intentionally so.
      But Angelina does at least seem to have a good track record with the things she’s involved in. Plus the woman who will actually be running it (despite being cropped out of many of the photos and headlines of the event), Christine Chinkin, is apparently very accomplished and knowledgeable on the subject. I hope it’s successful and has some impact, and if it doesn’t work, then they regroup and try something else.

      • db says:

        Yes! Christine Chinkin has a long and distinguished record. And thank you for acknowledging my point.

      • jen2 says:

        @db, I understand caution and agree that good ideas do not always become real action, but to dismiss it all as bull, to me is not fair. And also, the interfaith conference was interfaith, not just Catholic. One of the main speakers was Anglican and this news release shows the entire group and they are across the spectrum.

        Who knows if it will work, the entire subject is almost to large to comprehend, but it has to start somewhere and this is just one more piece.

      • db says:

        @jen2 Great info, thank you. I’d not seen this press release before, it’s a lot more informative, and some great quotes from AJ. Gratifying to read her acknowledgement that children and men are raped as well. Sexual violence in conflict is obviously a big subject, along with the nature of war itself and sometimes, when the gravity and reality of these subjects align with celebrity coverage I do feel a degree of distrust about the follow through. I do wish the project does well and if it can accomplish even a small portion of its agenda that would be a win in my book.

    • Katherine says:

      db, perhaps you could educate yourself about their curriculum and their educational goals. I can’t imagine the London School of Economics wasting their time on nothing.

      Many advanced degree programs offer courses in areas you may think are “vague” or “preaching to the converted” such as Conflict Resolution, histories and analyses of recent and current conflicts, cultural differences and approaches to health care deliver. That’s what advanced education is for. Those already in the field of study. There are also many forensic, medical, military, and legal aspects to the subject that need to be addressed.

      Are you just looking to criticize the program or are you truly unable to imagine the myriad & challenging concrete topics that are involved in this endeavor?

      • perplexed says:

        Despite being a very good school, the London School of Economics had been criticized for giving a Phd to Gaddafi’s son and for its links to the Gaddafi regime in Libya ( the school accepted “donations” from the regime). Based on that, I can see why people would be concerned about what gets done at these institutes. The school most likely means well in producing this initiative, but I don’t think it’s wrong for people to question how funding gets allocated. If people are being asked to donate to anything, to ask where their money is actually going doesn’t strike me as unwise. As for William Hague himself, I don’t think he should be immune to criticism either. I don’t feel compelled to critique Angelina Jolie since she’s not a diplomat or an elected official. But someone like William Hague would have to answer to the contradictions in what he’s asking people to do vs what he actually does himself in government.

      • db says:

        @Katherine Results and concrete actions count most so I’m not terribly impressed with credentials, labels, etc. There are plenty of human rights organizations working to improve conditions for various people around the world. There are also a number of shell organizations, fronting for political and other groups, purporting to do the same thing that divert $$ to other ends or other agendas.

        This is a hugely complex subject that I think is outside the scope of this site. I’ve said repeatedly I wish AJ well and I harbor no doubts about her good intentions. It’s entirely appropriate though to examine such efforts and expect transparency, especially when a celebrity — any celebrity — is attached. Most of the time there’s media coverage, everybody feels good and that’s the end of the matter. Earlier I mentioned people wanting to feel good, that they are “doing something,” even if it is “raising awareness.” My point is, that is not enough. It never has been.

        My dream would be that beyond “education” what is done is convince governments that this issue is a high priority, worthy of a separate world court dedicated to this specific war crime and empowered to make it’s judgments stick, by freezing assets if necessary, until the perpetrators are brought to justice.

      • Sixer says:

        Both of the people running this program are distinguished academics with long careers spent mostly (in one case) and partly (in the other case) in the US. The guy (who’s running the whole Global Institute) is from NYU. The woman is here: As you can see, she’s a “proper” feminist academic whose work has had significant impact.

        I wouldn’t call it vague. It’s in Europe because, for the reasons I mentioned above, it’s Europe where international law and academic study in the area of supra-national human rights is being developed.

  14. Trillion says:

    Bravo! So glad to see such a high profile celebrity doing something worthy of admiration and inspiration -esp for girls.

  15. Ennie says:

    Her name in the name tag thinghy is Angelina Jolie Pitt. Love it 😀
    She shares that now with her children.
    If Brad does not change his name that is fine with me, if AJ had not change her name either, it would not have matter. It is just preferences, and AJ is probably more traditional than we think, even tho she is a brave trailblazer.

  16. lower-case deb says:

    some interesting links i found today:
    this is an e-magazine of Haitian perspective set up by a group of Haitian women, one of which is Nathalie Nozile, you might remember her as the one who received the Legal Fellowship award set up by Angelina with SOS Children Village in 2011. her story is here:

    an old story about the struggles to establish a sustajnable education in refugee camps, this one in Kakuma, where Angelina funds a boarding school.

    a recent graduate from the boarding school, Athok Abuoi is now beginning school at Alliance high school in Kenya.

    • FLORC says:

      Thank You for the links lowercase

    • zut alors! says:

      Thanks for the links lower-case deb.
      I am particularly drawn to the story of the young lady from Kakuma refugee camp who made it to Alliance Girls’ High School. It is a well regarded school and its student body consists of some of the best students from across Kenya. What an awesome accomplishment for her!

      I grew up in Kenya and after doing well in my primary school exams was also selected to a neighboring school which was in the top five of all the high schools in Kenya at the time. I had no intention or interest in attending boarding school. I being the little sh!t I was back then, told my mom I wanted to go to a coed high school because because…boys! But mom knew best and the 4 years I spent there were among the best and most memorable of my life.

      I write all this to say, this young lady will have a whole new world opening up for her away from the refugee camp. She will have school mates who come from a broad cross section of Kenyan society.

      • lower-case deb says:

        you’re welcome @zut alors! !
        thank you for the interesting little insight into the education infrastructure in Kenya. since i found the story about Aboui, i kept clicking links and reading different stories about girls and education in Kakuma and also in Kenya in general.

        how does girls’ only schools compare achievement wise to co-eds? it seems that girls’ boarding schools students perform better than co-eds students?

        what i also like reading in those news stories are the fact that these schools are actually places where they have great interactions with friends, a nurturing place, and very little–if any–bullying takes place. i’m glad to hear that students and teachers and school staff are able to create this healthy environment.

        lastly, and sadly, is the struggle by refugee children to go to non-refugee camp schools. in Abuoi’s own story, she’s required to pay up front (not paying in installments) the 4-years school fee, which was finally covered by a few donations by several charities (i think). some students from Kakuma are less fortunate. they cannot find enough money to pay for all 4-years up front altogether. is this the norm, that rather than paying fees per semester or per year, they have to pay upfront?

      • zut alors! says:

        @lower-case deb.
        All primary school students are required to take a nationwide certificate of primary education exam. The students with the highest scores are then selected join to one of about 20 national high schools. These schools are renown for their rigorous curriculum and sending a large percentage of their students on to university. There is great competition and prestige in landing a spot at one of these national schools (that’s why my mom was so keen for me to go). A broad section of the who’s who in Kenyan society are alumni of these high schools. I remember we had a number of students whose parents were in the diplomatic service and even though they were based abroad, wanted their children to get their high school education in Kenya.

        From what I recall, school fees were paid per school term (3 terms per year). As the students selected to attend these national schools were chosen because of their top exam scores, you had some parents who could not afford the fees and would go on an installment plan. In addition to the fees, there were other costs as well, such as travel to and from school at the beginning and end of each term, toiletries and other incidentals.

        I have actually never attended a co-ed school. I went to a private girls’ only Catholic primary school. The high school I attended (Loreto Limuru) was run by nuns (the late Professor Wangari Maathai was an alumna). When I came to the States, I went to a private Catholic women’s only college in the Midwest (nuns again!). I think my mom was trying to tell me something.

        I very much enjoyed the girls’ only high school I went to even though I didn’t want to go at first. It was a tight-knit community and I am still in touch with some of the friends I made. Yes there were disagreements but nothing approaching bullying. I was exposed to people of diverse backgrounds which was eye opening. Academic wise, it was very competitive and I never felt we were getting an inferior education to the boys. In the 4 years I was there, we topped the list twice as far as having the best exam scores for the graduating class nationwide.

  17. BNA FN says:

    Jmo, I’m thinking the children asked Angelina to add Pitt to her name in their wedding vows. I remember one of their wedding photos where Shi and MADD were so happy and covering their mouth when the vows were said. I’m believing that was one of their vows from the children. They also asked Brad and Angie to say “sorry” after a fight, if they have a fight. Angle did mentioned they did not expect them ever to fight. I love the Jolie Pitt’s and more power to them.

  18. Micki says:

    …”Is anyone else slightly surprised that Angelina has been launching this initiative exclusively in England though? …”
    Why? Does that really matter ?
    I’m slightly surprised it did’t happened some years ago.
    Think about the “spring revolutions” in North Africa or Boko Haram sowing terror in how many countries now? Or Afganistan, Irak, Syria? How many women (and children) have suffered unthinkable atrocities?
    I doesn’t matter who champions that project as long as it makes some difference.

  19. Maria says:

    I love this, I just wish they’d establish centers like this in the US as well…

    London is a perfect given close proximity to more war torn areas so don’t take my comment as shade, it would just be great to see something similar on this side of the globe, especially with the crimes being committed against women in Latin America.

    On a shallow note, she looks really pretty in those pictures.

  20. perplexed says:

    …”Is anyone else slightly surprised that Angelina has been launching this initiative exclusively in England though? …

    I thought it was because William Hague had attached his name to the initiative. Other people might be attached as well in a smaller capacity, but he seems to be the face of it (along with her). I think he’s a bit of a hypocrite though. Maybe other politicians are savvy enough to try and avoid having their hypocrisy pointed out (my critique is of him, not her since she’s a philanthropist, not a diplomat in an official role).

  21. yep says:

    Dammit. At first I didnt like her. I didnt. But that lady has proven me wrong time and time again.
    She is relentless in exposing the plight of women and children and doing something about it. DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!

    This is not lip service shes spouting. She actually gets her hands dirty and uses her wealth and status to get those balls rolling.

    Who doesnt do this? *cough *kim*cough*

    • FLORC says:

      Get over it. I know where i am, but really? I swear people here spend more time thinking about Kim than she does.
      She’s not a public figure. You can avoid her if you chose to, but instead choose to review her every outfit and move. She’s not bright, but never claimed to be. Let it go.

      • original kay says:

        great post Yep! I have to agree with you.

        Imagine what some people could accomplish, had they the mind to.

        We have a Kim K sex tape post, and then this one. I know whom I admire, greatly, and which post I didn’t even bother to click to read.

  22. Dee Kay says:

    I love the name of this new Centre: “Women, Peace and Security.” One thing that Jolie (I mean, Jolie Pitt!!) always emphasizes in her speeches on the plight of refugees and people severely impacted by war is: Educate the girls, fund the women, include the women in the political processes. And she has long been a staunch supporter of, and advocate for, the girls and women who are subjected to rape and abuse in conflict zones. I hope this Centre educates a legion of men and women who can go out into the world and make a difference in war zones and areas recovering from war and help protect and strengthen girls’ and women’s rights all over the world. Brava, Ms. Jolie Pitt, and thank you for doing what you can for the girls and women of this world.

  23. original kay says:

    This is me, going perhaps into left field quite a ways but…

    I wondered if Angelina did not do this in the USA because the coverage would not be about the Centre so much as the past, again and again, ad nauseam , bringing JA into it, etc.


    whatever the reason, I love this woman.

    • perplexed says:

      I don’t think that’s it. If she needed or wanted other politicians on board (assuming she or whoever else helping her out with this felt that was a necessity), William Hague was probably the one out of all of them to actually agree to putting his name alongside hers as the “faces” of the initiative.

      She met once with the previous British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, but I don’t remember him having discussions with her about her topics of interest beyond that one meeting. He’s now the President of the IRC, which is based in NYC.

      Some politicians like William Hague probably prefer being linked to celebrities, while others probably don’t.

    • Sixer says:

      It’s because, as I said above, the US won’t sign up to the ICC and other supra-national processes. That means the work in developing case law and other jurisprudence in the area of international human rights (including the rights of women in conflict), plus the social science research that goes into that development, is all being done in Europe.

  24. Bread and Circuses says:

    Every time I read about this amazing woman doing good in the world, I remember how Chelsea Handler said she thought Angelina was “kind of evil”.

    Chelsea. Whose big cause is fighting for the right to bare her nipples online. Who described Reese Witherspoon’s drunken, abusive arrest as “not that bad”.

    Weeeeeeird definition of “evil”, Chelsea.

  25. Ice Queen says:

    Amazing and inspiring. Bravo!

  26. TC says:

    Dame Angelina Jolie Pitt. 🙂

  27. Toni says:

    Why is it that there are people who criticize those who want to make positive changes in the world. Are their lives really that empty and unhappy. 😞

  28. unmadebed says:

    Perfect bone structure, powerful contacts, money and fame–I suppose this is what it would have taken to live out my dream of international philanthropy. When I was in college, Angelina was just my boyfriend’s sexual fantasy (Girl Interrupted days), and I was supposed to be the serious one. I don’t dislike her for waltzing into the position I could never achieve–in fact, I might even say I’m a fan, cheering as she scores each of my goals, with the effortlessness of a movie-star in heels, starting just before the finish line.

  29. Catelina says:

    Love her, hope this makes a difference