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Angelina Jolie: United Nations Security Council Meeting!

Angelina Jolie: United Nations Security Council Meeting!

Angelina Jolie speaks before a United Nations Security Council Meeting on “Women and Peace and Security and Sexual Violence in Conflict” held at the UN Headquarters on Monday morning (June 24) in New York City.

The 38-year-old actress, who is a Special Envoy for the UNCHR, criticized the UN Security Council powers for their lack of action over wartime rapes.

“You set the bar,” Angie told the council (via the Huffington Post). “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.”

“Let us be clear what we are speaking of: Young girls raped and impregnated before their bodies are able to carry a child, causing fistula,” she continued. “Boys held at gunpoint and forced to sexually assault their mothers and sisters. Women raped with bottles, wood branches and knives to cause as much damage as possible. Toddlers and even babies dragged from their homes, and violated.”

“Meet your commitments, debate this issue in your parliaments, mobilize people in your countries, and build it into all your foreign policy efforts,” she urged. “Together, you can turn the tide of global opinion, shatter impunity and finally put an end to this abhorrence.”

Before the meeting, Angelina was spotted giving a hug to Zainab Hawa Bangura, the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violent in Conflict.

FYI: Angelina is wearing Saint Laurent.


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  • JaJaJared

    Her Speech was great!!!

  • briseis

    Wow, what a woman! To speak before the UN Security Council meeting … and looking mighty good while doing it too. I am so proud to be an Angelina fan. Such a woman of substance.

  • ///

    Can anybody tell me who the African lady, in pink shawl, hugging Angie is ?

  • busted

    BEAUTIFUL SPEECH.

    Angie is a remarkable woman. Let’s hope a difference is made. She is beyond dedicated.

  • Kim

    She’s so beautiful.

  • ///
  • fyi12

    An amazingly inspirational woman!

    I admire & respect her so much.

    Thank you Angie for all your hard work on behalf of ALL women & children ALL around the world. KUDOS!

  • lurker

    She is amazing well loved and respected

  • Isa

    Beautiful speech and beautiful woman… She is looking stunning
    Please read my ff http://fanfictionscouples.blogspot.com/?m=1

  • lurker

    crdt ava bf

    Why Angelina Jolie Means So Much to the United Nations

    June 24, 2013

    Mark Leon Goldberg

    Women | Angelina Jolie, Sexual Violence

    It may surprise people to learn, but Angelina is not a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations; nor is she some sort of official celebrity spokesperson. Rather, she is a full fledged diplomat. In 2010 after years of serving as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Refugee Agency the High Commissioner for Refugees made her his special envoy. She represents the UN Refugee Agency to other diplomats, governments and officials around the world.

    But what obviously distinguishes her from other international civil servants is that she’s Angelina Jolie. By virtue of her star power, she can draw significant attention to issues that otherwise might pass without much notice from the mainstream press.

    Today was a good case in point. The Security Council held a special session on addressing sexual violence in armed conflict. This issue has been a priority for Secretary General Ban Ki Moon since 2010 when he first appointed a special representative for sexual violence in armed conflict. A Security Council resolution backing up the work of this special representative is an important moment for the UN system, but it probably would have gone generally unnoticed outside Turtle Bay if not for the fact that Angelina Jolie testified at the Security Council today.

    Hayes Brown offers a good summary of her remarks:

    Jolie told the Security Council to look beyond the vast numbers of men, women, and children who had been the victim of sexual violence, and instead remember that each of those numbers is “a person with a name, personality, a story, and dreams no different than ours and those of our children.” She went on to describe some of the stories she had heard in her time in refugee camps, including one from a woman in the Democratic Republic of the Congo whose five year-old had been raped in plain-view of a police station. A Syrian woman Jolie met with in her visit to a refugee camp in Jordan last week asked that her name and face be withheld so as to not to provoke future reprisals against her, Jolie told the Council.

    “The United Nations charter is clear that you, the Security Council, have primary responsibility for the maintenence of international peace and security,” Jolie reminded the body, scorning the lack of prosecution of rapists among the ranks militaries and militias and the low priority the international community had given the issue. “Rape as a weapon of war is an assault on security and a world in which these crimes happen is one in which there is not, and never will be, peace,” she said. Refusal to act, Jolie stressed, is not an option:

    JOLIE: I understand there are many things that it is difficult for the Security Council to agree on, but sexual violence in conflict should not be one of them.That it is a crime to rape young children is not something anyone in this room would not be able to agree on. [...] That young Syrian rape victim is here because you represent her. That five year-old child in the Congo must count because you represent her. And in her eyes, if her attacker gets away with his crimes, it is because you have allowed it. You set the bar. If the United Nations Security 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.

    Here’s why this matters. The special representative for sexual violence in armed conflict Zainab Hawa Bangura cannot force countries to make rape a criminal offense. Nor can Ms. Bangura issue ultimatums to militaries to train their troops in such a way that protects women, rather than targets then. Rather, her success ultimately depends on the willingness of governments to make combating sexual violence a priority.

    What generally tips countries on the fence is a kind of of peer pressure. That’s where Angelina Jolie comes in. When she speaks at the Security Council, more than just the usual UN-watchers take notice. Her speech concluded only a couple of hours ago and there are already hundreds of news articles about her remarks, syndicated through the wires. This is awareness raising in action. And it can have real-world consequences for the global fight against sexual violence in armed conflict.

    - See more at: http://www.undispatch.com/why-angelina-jolie-means-so-much-to-the-united-nations#sthash.DPby45LF.dpuf

  • busted

    @///:

    Zainab Hawa Bangura, United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict

  • Rose

    @///: Please read the top of the page of this article. I believe the name of the person you are asking about is at the end if the article.

    I like Angie’s speech, she broke it down quite succinctly what those women and children are fighting to prevent. Children being raped and impregnated before their bodies are able to carry a child. Boys being held at gunpoint and being forced to rape their mothers, and sisters. Women being raped with bottles, ect. Now if anyone does not understand what Angie is fighting for is very dense.I’m so proud to be a fan of Angelina and Brad.

  • who care

    Her show of
    Ugly woman
    Many modiel
    More pretty her
    Look boney
    Bony bony butt
    Bony all around
    No butt no butt

  • ///

    @busted: Thanks :)

  • Adorkable Jolie

    Is it weird that I find her adorkable? Not a word usually used to describe Angelina Jolie. Her daughter Shiloh has the exact same smile as her.

  • valis202

    I found Angie’s speech to the UN incredibly powerful. I found it difficult reading about the examples she gave of the different types of brutality that people had witnessed during war.
    I think that she is doing a remarkable job highlighting an issue which we should all be aware and focused on trying to eradicate.
    Not bad for somebody who isn’t a proper girly- girl

  • Adorkable Jolie

    @lurker: It may surprise people to learn, but Angelina is not a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations; nor is she some sort of official celebrity spokesperson. Rather, she is a full fledged diplomat.In 2010 after years of serving as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Refugee Agency the High Commissioner for Refugees made her his special envoy. She represents the UN Refugee Agency to other diplomats, governments and officials around the world.
    ~
    The bolder part surprised me.

  • valis202

    who care @ 06/24/2013 at 4:19 pm

    You obviously, because you are here posting on Angie’s thread.

    Says a lot about you as a human being (and that is highly dubious that you are) that the content of what Angie was saying didn’t leave any kind of impression on you.

    PATHETIC

  • Love the JoliePitts

    What an AMAZING woman. Her speech resonated throughout that massive Hall in the United Nations building.
    .
    Bravo Angelina. Every intelligent and appreciative woman in this world is giving you a standing ovation.
    .
    Thank you for being a Voice of Reason in those august halls.
    .
    God bless you forever for looking out for so many women, children, and men and speaking out so eloquently on their behalf!
    .
    How proud Brad must be of his Mrs. today. And we know how proud you are of him. God bless you both and keep you together in love and strength and health always.

  • Dakota

    Angelina Jolie is a full fledged diplomat. So proud to be her fan! Thank you Angie for trying to help & force change to protect innocent women & children.

  • mrst

    Gotta love this woman…God bless the Jolie-Pitts!

  • anon2

    A Friend to every woman, child and man on the planet. End sexual violence everywhere, thank you Angie for being a strong voice and advocate for the victims of these horrible crimes.

  • YEA

    like stop all that bad stuff
    and the bad mens
    and the bad things
    and just stop doing it
    andeverything can get betterer

  • Love the JoliePitts

    Want to add how THRILLED I am for Brad and WWZ. What a great movie. Brad did the prefect job with it it was just right and I can’t wait to go see it again. Congratulations to you Brad. Angie must be so proud of her “Baby!”

  • Queen Jolie

    What a great speech Angie.You are truly a girl’s girl.You are helping women and girls who are victims of rape and other abused.this is what a girls girl should be not someone like Handler describe as girls girl.you are so admirable and an inspiration.Bravo Miss Jolie.

  • Anna

    There’s one troll which is completely drunk. Lay off the bottle, alcoholic Filipino woman!

  • Still

    She is just beautiful inside and out .. What an amazing woman.

  • Queen Jolie

    @XxX you are so mean and insensitive, you call what she is doing not useful??and won’t change a thing.Are you really that E V I L ???Did you read her speech before you give that comment, did you read how women and babies are being abused.As a woman and a mother ,knowing this thing is happening, I don’t want to imagine it.It is horrible .You are sick.And you want her to learn to cook than to address this issues?I just wish what those women and children experiencing wont happen to you.I would not wish it to anyone including an e v I like you.

  • Stanhope

    Score: Angelina 1 billion, Jennifer Anniston ZERO

  • well

    Adorkable Jolie- no, I don’t think that’s weird at all.  Over the years, you look at pictures of Brad & Angie together, as hot and beautiful as they both are (separately and together), there are times I just think- THEY ARE SO CUTE.  I think that bubbly/dorkiness/cuteness that you see in the JPs is a reflection of the the great joy and contentment that they have in their lives as well as how kind they both are. Neither Brad nor Angie ever say a bad word about anybody and are always helping others- their positivity and solution-oriented personalities just shine through in such a beautiful (adorakable?  not sure exactly how to use that word :)  way.  Angie has called herself a “dork” before, more than once.  I recall her doing that one time during LC BTS video (the one where they show how she did the bungee ballet and could do that swinging log stunt that made two stunt ladies sick, so Angie ended up having to do it)  Do you know the video I mean?  I’ll try & find it or maybe someone else has ready access to it.  BTW, WWZ was AWESOME- we are definitely going back next weekend!

  • Passing Through

    Congrats to Angie on not mincing her words and basically shaming the UN Security Council into making sexual violence in conflict areas a priority. It seems like a no-brainer, but men control everything, so of course nothing has ever been done about it. It’s like I always say about having your period – if men had to have they’d have found a cure for it by now. Now they have to put their money where their mouths are, get troups on the ground and arrest some of these scumbags perpertrating these crimes. Put them all in the same cell block and let them have it. The last one standing gets executed. Could just be that bloodthirstly American in me though…

  • Simpleina

    Will all you evil people just stop? !!!
    my god

  • Queen Jolie

    My reply is for no conscience #27 xxx.

  • Passing Through

    # 511 Ozzie @ 06/24/2013 at 10:28 am
    .
    Waving! Thanks for the shout out!

  • Ang said cut it out

    so problem solved

  • valis202

    I wish the people who criticize would give us the solutions that they think would solve this issue. If you think that what Angie does is of no use then please tell us what is.

    However I suspect that most of the people who put Angie down really couldn’t give a damn about woman and children being raped especially if it gets in the way of their irrational hatred of Angie.

  • http://computer Susan

    @ Rose
    We did not get any thunder storms yet, but the emergency red banner is running on the TV.
    What can I say about Angie, I’m so proud of her. She is representing the UN. She proven to them that she is worthy, reliable and a damn hard worker.
    Let the trolls roll around clutching their a sses, eight years of doom and gloom, and it is only happening to the eternal victim.
    I’m happy for the family on the success of WWZ.

  • Dc

    Beautiful, touching, but strong speech. Brought tears to my eyes.

    She is a fierce, strong warrior. Love her so much.

  • lurker

    off topic
    jared stop trying to make ticky’s midget happen,you have been posting non stop about him geez enough already

  • Queen Jolie

    This is what set Angelina apart from other superficial Hollywood actress.Instead of attending this and that nonsense event and be glamorous (like Gwyneth Paltrow, she is everywhere, attending every gala, opening of something or launching of nonsense things) she is attending only important events like this event that can help others.have never seen Angie attending the opening of anything or attending gala which I’m sure they will be honored to have her presence but she is not shallow.This is the reason I admire her more.Who cares if she doesn’t know how to cook.

  • Dc

    Why Angelina Jolie Means So Much to the United Nations

    June 24, 2013
    Mark Leon Goldberg
    Women | Angelina Jolie, Sexual Violence
    It may surprise people to learn, but Angelina is not a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations; nor is she some sort of official celebrity spokesperson. Rather, she is a full fledged diplomat. In 2010 after years of serving as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Refugee Agency the High Commissioner for Refugees made her his special envoy. She represents the UN Refugee Agency to other diplomats, governments and officials around the world.
    But what obviously distinguishes her from other international civil servants is that she’s Angelina Jolie. By virtue of her star power, she can draw significant attention to issues that otherwise might pass without much notice from the mainstream press.
    Today was a good case in point. The Security Council held a special session on addressing sexual violence in armed conflict. This issue has been a priority for Secretary General Ban Ki Moon since 2010 when he first appointed a special representative for sexual violence in armed conflict. A Security Council resolution backing up the work of this special representative is an important moment for the UN system, but it probably would have gone generally unnoticed outside Turtle Bay if not for the fact that Angelina Jolie testified at the Security Council today.
    Hayes Brown offers a good summary of her remarks:
    Jolie told the Security Council to look beyond the vast numbers of men, women, and children who had been the victim of sexual violence, and instead remember that each of those numbers is “a person with a name, personality, a story, and dreams no different than ours and those of our children.” She went on to describe some of the stories she had heard in her time in refugee camps, including one from a woman in the Democratic Republic of the Congo whose five year-old had been raped in plain-view of a police station. A Syrian woman Jolie met with in her visit to a refugee camp in Jordan last week asked that her name and face be withheld so as to not to provoke future reprisals against her, Jolie told the Council.
    “The United Nations charter is clear that you, the Security Council, have primary responsibility for the maintenence of international peace and security,” Jolie reminded the body, scorning the lack of prosecution of rapists among the ranks militaries and militias and the low priority the international community had given the issue. “Rape as a weapon of war is an assault on security and a world in which these crimes happen is one in which there is not, and never will be, peace,” she said. Refusal to act, Jolie stressed, is not an option:
    JOLIE: I understand there are many things that it is difficult for the Security Council to agree on, but sexual violence in conflict should not be one of them.That it is a crime to rape young children is not something anyone in this room would not be able to agree on. [...] That young Syrian rape victim is here because you represent her. That five year-old child in the Congo must count because you represent her. And in her eyes, if her attacker gets away with his crimes, it is because you have allowed it. You set the bar. If the United Nations Security 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.
    Here’s why this matters. The special representative for sexual violence in armed conflict Zainab Hawa Bangura cannot force countries to make rape a criminal offense. Nor can Ms. Bangura issue ultimatums to militaries to train their troops in such a way that protects women, rather than targets then. Rather, her success ultimately depends on the willingness of governments to make combating sexual violence a priority.
    What generally tips countries on the fence is a kind of of peer pressure. That’s where Angelina Jolie comes in. When she speaks at the Security Council, more than just the usual UN-watchers take notice. Her speech concluded only a couple of hours ago and there are already hundreds of news articles about her remarks, syndicated through the wires. This is awareness raising in action. And it can have real-world consequences for the global fight against sexual violence in armed conflict.
    Bonus: As it happens, I interviewed the special representative for sexual violence in armed conflict Zainab Hawa Bangura just a few weeks ago. Ms Bangura tells a compelling personal story that lead her into this line of work. Our conversation starts at minute 11 and lasts about 15 minutes.
    - See more at: http://www.undispatch.com/why-angelina-jolie-means-so-much-to-the-united-nations#sthash.DPby45LF.d9WZ9tWk.dpuf

  • Mediocrity is his name

    World War Z’s triumph of mediocrity

    I’m in the middle of a horrible bout of food poisoning on the same weekend World War Z beat projections and earned an estimated $66 million at the domestic box office. Even if those numbers end up a little high, it’s still way better than the official projection of $40 million. World War Z, toothless adaptation of a beloved zombie classic, is a hit and Sarah is puking her guts out. Coincidence or conspiracy?

    Of course, it still came in second to Monsters University, which took in $82 million, but WWZ’s strong runner-up showing, and its B+ CinemaScore with audiences, means it should carry well into its second weekend, when it faces White House Down (which I’ve heard is abysmal, but I’m not sure that’s going to matter to people who want to see White House Down). Paramount is certainly crowing about their “victory”, claiming WWZ is the highest-opening original live action since Avatar. That would be true, if it weren’t an adaptation. I’m not sure how “adaptation” is equaling “original” here, unless they mean that it’s not coming from a pre-existing franchise.

    That’s the game Paramount is playing, though. There’s some magic math and studio double-speak going on, because the other alternative is to be totally honest and admit that while it opened better than they expected, it cost so much to make and market they can never really achieve blockbuster status. They’re celebrating breaking even at best. It started with that lowball opening projection of $40 million, even when the box office analysts finally moved the line to $50 million late last week, Paramount stayed on their original projection—because it would look better if they beat it by a wider margin.

    With a reported budget of $190 million (which seems…low), and another hundred million in marketing, WWZ will need to earn $600 million to break even (about 50% of box office goes back to the theater owners). Again, we’re just talking about BREAKING EVEN. All this is in service of not losing money, not actually making it. Can WWZ make a profit? Well, it’ll take a couple weeks to clear $100 million domestically, and this summer is super crowded, with major releases every weekend. The all-important international box office wasn’t quite as strong as domestic, not a good sign, and they’re shut out of the lucrative Chinese market. So it’s not likely. WWZ’s box office is a war of attrition.

    And it’s not just Paramount’s pride on the line here. This was the hardest Brad Pitt has hustled in YEARS, and it paid off in not getting egg all over his face. WWZ isn’t remotely what it should have been, but Pitt isn’t embarrassed, either. And he’s being rewarded, not only with a better-than-expected opening but he’s getting the sequel the lame ending begged for. So we’re celebrating mediocrity with…more mediocrity.

    It’s this triumph of mediocrity and it makes me nervous. WWZ was dumbed-down entertainment. When Brad Pitt threw down with Leonardo DiCaprio for the rights, everyone thought it would be the movie that finally won one of them an Oscar. That it could have done for horror what Lord of the Rings did for fantasy—make the Academy sit up and take a genre film seriously. Instead they made a castrated, family friendly zombie movie which is like being the toughest poodle. Because they’re going to make just enough money to avoid cratering their accounting department, Paramount is calling this a win and will make more of this generic crap. This is where the studio system fails—it would be better if breaking even was treated like what it is: a participation ribbon.

    This also makes me very worried for Pacific Rim, which is an actual original live-action (and if WWZ with its masses of CGI counts as live action, so does Pacific Rim) action movie. It’s already standing deep in nerd territory, and WWZ is proof that audiences like their genre movies watered down. If WWZ makes just enough to count and Pacific Rim fails, you can kiss inventive summer blockbusters goodbye.

  • Passing Through

    Weekend actual at BOM have been posted. WWZ did about 1/2 MIL better than reported..’
    .
    http://boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/
    .
    2 World War Z Par. $66,411,834

  • Adorkable jolie

    @well: I’m not sure what this has to do with Brad Pitt. I was talking about Jolie. She is who I find adorkable. I have no opinion on Brad Pitt. Sorry for the confusion.

  • anustin

    so very proud to be her fan.congrates joliepitt.

  • Passing Through

    # 584 lurker @ 06/24/2013 at 3:52 pm
    .
    Am sorry but iwill take kaiser over lamey any day
    .
    ++++++++++++++++++
    .
    Lurker -
    .
    Are those the only 2 choices? Cuz…I’d leave ‘em both on the curb…

  • me

    I, salute you Angie,you are such an inspirational woman.Love you always.May more women follow your footstep instead of criticizing your every move to help those oppressed citizens of the world.What a fitting legacy to leave behind to your family,especially your children

  • fyi12

    @Mediocrity is his name:

    Poor JEALOUS LAINEY aka sore loser LAMEY made an A$$ of herself as usual! LMAO, she really is having a PUBLIC meltdown along with the HENS because of WWZ’s WW success! ROTFLMAO

  • http://computer Susan

    To say Sarah/Lamey is pi ssed, is putting it politely, it is spitting nails, LOL bit ches, they don’t even have the guts to say they were wrong.
    If WWZ was a bomb, it would have been the first story on her sorry site, but the b itch waited until later in the day and sneak it in, ha ha.
    We know you read the posts here lamey, you suck, trying to act like a teenager, another one that can’t handle ageing.

  • Mediocrity is his name

    @Passing Through: do you think it will make the 600 million ww it needs to break even without China? good for Brad for compromising his integrity to save his company and reputation. LoL Hope he cuts off his balls and writes an article about it when Maleficent rolls out. Or perhaps he will talk about his facial surgeries and manboobies. Ha

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