Using your fame to draw attention to those who suffer is commendable. Angelina Jolie has for a long time done a fantastic job of increasing awareness of the plight of victims of conflict. Her latest venture, with British foreign minister William Hague, is focusing on women in war zones and conflict areas. In this short video they highlight their initiative:
The video speaks for itself. Don’t believe anyone can disagree with their conviction that sexual violence in conflict areas should always be punished and that the victims should not be disgraced because of what happened to them. Or as Angelina Jolie put it: “We must send a message around the world that there is no disgrace in being a survivor of sexual violence”.
Giving a voice to refugees and victims
Angelina has for fourteen years made countless efforts to show-case the plight of victims of conflict. Her determination to help the displaced and lobbying for international assistance has been constant. She has made numerous visits to conflict zones to highlight what happens to millions of uprooted people and their need for protection. Needless to say, people all over the world who normally don’t pay attention to victims of conflict have been reached by the Hollywood actress’ plea for assistance to their plight.
She has also donated millions of dollars since 2001 to build schools in for instance Afghanistan and improving the lives of the forcibly displaced. It’s fitting that she this week was made made an honorary dame for services to UK foreign policy and campaigning to end sexual violence in war zones.
Went public about having double mastectomy
When Angelina Jolie went public about having preventative surgery to avoid breast cancer she gave a face to what many women fear and are ashamed of. It clearly shows how brave she is when highlighting that if you, as she, has the BRCA gene mutation your risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer is incredibly high. She now plans to have her ovaries removed as well. She made the statement wearing a daring dress showing that her reconstructive breast surgery has been a success. How many celebrities have ever gone public with something like this? If it’s become known to the public it’s usually by default.
Does the world need more brave and caring celebrities like Angelina Jolie? Is what she is doing having an impact on how refugees are perceived? Will women feel better about having to remove their breasts after she went public about her double mastectomy? Do you believe we need more initiatives highlighting what victims of conflict have to go through? Would the world be a better place if more famous people were devoted to humanitarian causes and made efforts to show the world the plight of the vulnerable? Will sexual victims of war move up the diplomatic agenda as a result of the conference in London? Has it contributet to removing the taboo surrounding sexual violence in conflict?
Video: The Telegraph