Angelina Jolie Launches Centre on Women, Peace and Security in London
If one is determined, that person will get to see even miracles happen in life. For Angelina Jolie, she may have just started on the steps into making one as she is among those who launched an academic center mainly for women in need during times of pain and hardship.
On Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, Angelina Jolie and British First Secretary of State William Hague were in the London School of Economics (LSE) to announce the launching of the first academic Centre on Women, Peace and Security. They were joined in the announcement by LSE Director Professor Craig Calhoun and the centre’s new head Professor Christine Chinkin.
Beginning in 2016, the Centre on Women, Peace and Security will be providing a post-graduate teaching program regarding, among other things, doing research on global women-related issues and concerns, influencing international policy making regarding these issues and building partnerships with largely connected bodies that concern on peace and security. It will particularly focus on inviting women in violence-conflicted areas like those ravaged by wars.
In her statement, Jolie said that she is excited of the centre’s academic fulfillment in the years to come, especially in these times when women are badly oppressed and are not given due justice.
“We need the next generation of educated youth with inquisitive minds and fresh energy, who are willing not only to sit in the classroom but to go out into the field and the courtrooms and to make a decisive difference,” Jolie said in a statement, as published on Vanity Fair.
The launching of the centre is a collaborative work of LSE, Jolie, Hague and of the UK government. It has also received support from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary Hillary Clinton, though they weren’t present at the launching.
This project will be supporting the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI), which Jolie and Hague had co-founded back in 2012. Alongside this, LSE recently announced the establishment of its Institute of Global Affairs that will be hosting the centre.
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