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Jolie: Progress is uneven

Published 12/06/2015

Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie has delivered a riveting speech at the African Union summit as part of her work as a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The 40-year-old actress serves as a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

And as part of her work for the organisation, Angelina delivered a speech at an African Union summit hosted in South Africa on Friday.

"Progress is slow, it is uneven, it is fragile and in some parts of the world it is being erased," she noted during her talk.

"Think what it would mean if the 54 nations of the African Union press as one toward full rights and opportunities for women, not just for this great continent but for the world.”

Angelina shared the panel with a host of prominent figures, including African Union Commission Chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and former British Foreign Secretary William Hague.

The Maleficent star began her work in South Africa, which has a high rate of rape cases, on Thursday, discussing strategies to prevent sexual violence.

She launched the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) with Hague in May 2012. The purpose of PSVI is to work in tandem with United Kingdom government efforts to create international awareness and cooperation around instances of rape and other forms of sexual assault.

Angelina has previously spoken about the “profound sense of joy” she experiences when spending time with activists.

“We care for each other - and for each other’s children. It is a profound source of joy and inspiration,” she told Glamour magazine.

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