Angelina Jolie speaks before the G-8 nations (Getty Images)
Angelina Jolie is more than just a gorgeous face, Oscar-winning actress, mother of… many, and the future Mrs. Brad Pitt. She's a bona fide warrior for women worldwide.
On Thursday, the star teamed up with the G-8 nations to announce a whopping $36 million in additional funding to support measures to prevent sexual violence and secure justice for its survivors. Appearing alongside British Foreign Secretary William Hague in London on Thursday, the crusader for women's rights highlighted the victims of sexual violence as "the forgotten victims" of wars spanning the Middle East, Africa, and beyond.
Hague called out sexual violence during wartime conflict "the slave trade of our generation," and reiterated that the time has come to end it. It seems one "historic" step toward that goal has been achieved: the G-8 ministers have declared that rape and sexual violence in conflicts do constitute war crimes and breaches of the Geneva Conventions—which places the responsibility on nations to search for and prosecute anyone accused of such crimes.
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For her part, Jolie praised the "long overdue stand" against sexual violence, though she did throw in a slight jab at the establishment, declaring that the international political will to prevent it has been "sorely lacking." Despite this, it seems Jolie is feeling a bit more optimistic that the tides are moving in the right direction. "Today, I believe that their voices have been heard," she announced.
This cause certainly has been close to the star's heart for some time, as "In the Land of Blood and Honey," the 2011 war drama she wrote and directed, graphically depicted the sexual violence against women during the Bosnian War.
But Jolie's fight doesn't end there. Just one week ago, the forceful beauty appeared at the 4th annual Women in the World Summit in New York City to pledge $200,000 towards the Malala Fund to honor Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban in October because she wanted to go to school.
"The Taliban shot her at point blank range in the head and it made her stronger. In a brutal attempt to silence her voice, it grew louder—and she, more resolute … calling on the entire world, not just Pakistan, to ensure the right for every girl in the world to an education. It is my right she said … it is our right."
Sounds like a battle cry to us, and with Jolie at the forefront, there might be a chance to win.
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