Angelina Jolie Calls On NATO To Strengthen Its Protection Of Women’s Rights In Powerful Op-Ed

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie continues to champion women’s rights abroad.

In a powerful op-ed co-written with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the 42-year-old actress addressed violence against women around the world — arguing it is “often more dangerous to be a woman in a warzone today than it is to be a soldier.” The two went on to pen a suggested plan of action for NATO to tackle this huge problem head on.

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The activist wrote in The Guardian:

“Despite being prohibited by international law, sexual violence continues to be employed as a tactic of war in numerous conflicts from Myanmar to Ukraine and Syria to Somalia. It includes mass rape, gang rape, sexual slavery, and rape as a form of torture, ethnic cleansing and terrorism. It accounts in large part for why it is often more dangerous to be a woman in a warzone today than it is to be a soldier.”

Adding:

“In our different roles we have seen how conflicts in which women’s bodies and rights are systematically abused last longer, cause deeper wounds and are much harder to resolve and overcome. Ending gender-based violence is therefore a vital issue of peace and security as well as of social justice.”

The director went on to call on NATO to act according to their mission of being “a shield against aggression and the fear of aggression” in the fight to protect women’s rights. This includes getting more women in leadership positions, supporting military training in human rights protection, and implementing standard operating practices.

As for the importance of the work, Jolie said:

“It is humanity’s shame that violence against women, whether in peaceful societies or during times of war, has been universally regarded as a lesser crime. There is finally hope that we can change this. We owe it to ourselves ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ men and women alike ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ and to future generations.”

Hear, hear.

[Image via Brian To/WENN.]

Dec 11, 2017 12:51pm PDT

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