For greater than 20 years, actor Angelina Jolie has aided the United Nation in its efforts to assist refugees. However that partnership got here to an official finish on Friday.
In a joint assertion, the “Eternals” actor and the United Nations Excessive Commissioner for Refugees introduced that Jolie will transfer on from her particular envoy function to individually advocate for extra human rights.
“I will continue to do everything in my power in the years to come to support refugees and other displaced people,” Jolie mentioned in Friday’s assertion. “After 20 years working within the UN system I feel it is time for me to work differently, engaging directly with refugees and local organisations, and supporting their advocacy for solutions”.
Jolie’s work with the UNHCR started in 2001 as a goodwill ambassador. She was then appointed a particular envoy in 2012.
Throughout her tenure, the actor carried out “more than 60 field missions to bear witness to stories of suffering as well as hope and resilience,” the assertion mentioned. As a particular envoy, she lately traveled to Yemen and Burkina Faso with UNHCR to fulfill refugees.
In 2013, the Oscar-winning “Girl, Interrupted” star additionally testified to the United Nations Safety Council about war-zone rape.
“Hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of women, children and men have been raped in conflicts in our lifetimes,” she mentioned, in keeping with the Related Press.
“You set the bar,” she informed the group. “If the … council sets rape and sexual violence in conflict as a priority it will become one and progress will be made. If you do not, this horror will continue.”
Along with her UNHCR work, Jolie has leveraged her Hollywood platform and mass following to carry consideration to different humanitarian points.
On Instagram, she has shared posts in assist of the ladies’s liberation motion in Iran, Ukrainian kids who’ve been displaced by the nation’s conflict with Russia and extra.
“After a long and successful time with UNHCR, I appreciate her desire to shift her engagement and support her decision,” wrote Filippo Grandi, UN Excessive Commissioner for Refugees. “I know the refugee cause will remain close to her heart, and I am certain she will bring the same passion and attention to a wider humanitarian portfolio.”