41-year-old Hollywood icon Angelina Jolie delivered a speech on Tuesday, March 14, about women’s rights for the post-graduate students of London School of Economics. This was her first discourse as a guest professor at LSE, which was held at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security.
Apart from being a human rights activist, she took a new role in the renowned university as a teacher for a master’s course in women’s rights and spoke for a group of post-graduate students in the LSE. She will start teaching in September this year.
The London School of Economics conducts various researches that helps promote gender equality and women empowerment. It also aims to build up the status of women in the society by encouraging them to participate socially and politically. As part of this new fellowship, the Hollywood star will also have the chance to come up with her own research for her teaching course at the university.
Jolie admitted she felt nervous and had “butterflies” prior to her speech but the Hollywood star radiated in elegance as she wore a fashionable black dress with a long line coat for the said occasion. Her arrival at the university was anticipated by everyone in the place.
Angelina talked about her own experiences and the things that have inspired her to become a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). In April 2012, Angelina was appointed as UNHCR’s Special Envoy for showing her dedication in serving the organization.
The actress also launched a one-year Master of Science course about women, security, and peace together with the former foreign secretary of Britain, William Hague. It will start formally on the start of the academic year for 2017. The aim of the course was to help the students of LSE to advance their knowledge in developing strategies that promote human rights, justice, as well as the active participation of affected women around the globe.
Angelina’s lecture was focused on the rights of women in a refugee camp’s context. She tackled on topics about how displacement could make the women and young girls become vulnerable to crimes, most especially to sexual violence. Also discussed in the talk was the connection between government-related works and the current status of the rights of women.
The Tomb Raider lead actress was also seen on Monday, alongside Baroness Anelaya and Lord Hague, at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to declare an effort that is aiming to give justice to the many victims of war crimes.
Angelina is set to visit Geneva on Wednesday to advance in her humanitarian activities and to deliver the Annual Sergio Vieira de Mello Memorial Lecture. It will be held at the United Nations Assembly Hall and aims to discuss the humanitarian and topical themes reflecting the principles of a late Brazilian U.N. diplomat on work and philosophy.
After her lecture at the LSE, the actress was spotted with her fifteen-year-old son, Maddox, making their way to visit the Buckingham Palace. According to the local media reporters, none of the royal family was with Jolie and Maddox during their tour.