Angelina Jolie Appointed Visiting LSE Professor

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Angelina Jolie will join the London School of Economics (LSE) as a visiting professor, the university has announced. The Hollywood star will be joining former foreign secretary Lord Hague in teaching on a new masters course on women, peace and security. In a statement she said: “It is vital that we broaden the discussion on how to advance women’s rights and end impunity for crimes that disproportionately affect women, such as sexual violence in conflict. “I am looking forward to teaching and to learning from the students, as well as to sharing my own experiences of working alongside governments and the United Nations.” The masters course starts next year and will be run by the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security. Jolie is a special envoy for the UN refugee agency and co-chaired a global summit on sexual violence in 2014 alongside Lord Hague. In 2011 she directed “In the Land of Blood and Honey” which focussed on the Bosnian war, in which an estimated 20,000 women were believed to have been raped.  The LSE says visiting professors are responsible for delivering guest lectures to students, participating in workshops and public events, and undertaking their own work.

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The Oscar-winning actress and the former Conservative party leader have worked in partnership to raise awareness and campaign to end sexual violence against women in conflict. They co-founded the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative in 2012 to encourage states to do more to bring the perpetrators of sexual violence to justice. The pair will take up their new roles alongside Jane Connors, director of international advocacy at Amnesty International Geneva, and Madeleine Rees, secretary general of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

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