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Angelina's Amazing New Project for Women

Angelina's Amazing New Project for Women

By Nahra Barnes

Angelina Jolie is devoted to making the world a better place. With the support of UK Foreign Secretary William Hague, Jolie has opened the Centre on Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics, in their new Institute of Global Affairs.

The first academic center of its kind, it’s an important follow-up step to a four-day summit Jolie and Hague held last June in conjunction with the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict project. That summit ended with 151 countries stating their support of the movement. The new center is the manifestation of Jolie’s call for, “The empowerment of women to be the highest priority for the finest minds, in the best academic institutions.Jolie had someone special in mind when creating the center. “If you were to ask me who I think this centre is for, I picture someone who is not in this room today. I think of a girl I met in Iraq three weeks ago,” she said. “She is 13 years old, but instead of going to school, she sits on the floor in a makeshift tent… To my mind, what we have begun today at LSE is for that Iraqi girl and others like her.”

One essential takeaway is that the center is academics focused. After all, education is key in helping war-affected women recover. It also brings together the academics, policymakers and various activists to shape other aspects of the fight, like prosecuting war criminals and boosting women’s involvement in the political scene.

The center is getting a major stateside seal of approval, with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton saying the center would offer women “the tools and resources to break the barriers that keep them from contributing and participating fully in their governments, economies and societies.” Current Secretary of State John Kerry says this is especially timely, given that various terror groups are increasingly targeting women and girls. With all this support, more than ever we’re hoping Jolie might consider that run for office.