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Angelina Jolie Named One Of Six 'Role Models For A Better World'

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Angelina Jolie
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Glamour magazine column writer and author Mariane Pearl calls actress Angelina Jolie one of six "role models for a better world" due to her dedication to raising awareness about sexual violence worldwide. Jolie actually portrayed Pearl in the 2007 biopic, "A Mighty Heart."

Jolie is a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, which allows her to travel to a plethora of countries around the world, including war zones, to speak with and learn about survivors of rape and sexual assault. The 39-year-old actress has spoken about her dedication and findings from visiting with affected woman at major events, most recently, she co-chaired the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, E! News reports.

"Everywhere I went...rape was the silent killer," she wrote in a Glamour magazine article. "But it became quickly clear to me that these women were not just the collateral damage of war. Rape was a strategic, organized scheme to destroy entire communities. This is not a woman problem. It's a crime against humanity."

In 2013, the actress made similar comments where she went before the United Nations Security Council to ask for more attention to be given to war zone sexual violence. 

Pearl goes on to praise the work of the "In the Land of Blood and Honey" director in addition to five other women who have spoken out against sexual violence: Julienne Lusenge of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jineth Bedoya, a Columbian journalist and rape survivor herself, Zainab Bangura, a Sierra Leonean politican and activist, Whaku Shee of Burma and Suraya Pakzad, who ran a secret school in a Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

Pearl quotes Jolie as saying, "We care for each other---and for each other's children."

 

 

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