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Angelina Jolie Speaks Out for Sexual Violence Victims in Myanmar

Angelina Jolie Speaks Out for Sexual Violence Victims in Myanmar

Angelina Jolie is letting her voice be heard to get justice for sexual violence victims in Myanmar.

The 40-year-old actress and U.N. special envoy has been in the conflict-torn region since Wednesday. Nearly 100,000 people have been displaced since a civil war started in 2011.

“This visit underlined the vulnerability of women and girls living in protracted conflict situations to sexual violence, trafficking, and other human rights violations. It was moving and humbling to meet survivors of sexual violence in Kachin State,” Angelina said in a new statement (via AFP).

Despite the worthy efforts of local aid groups, Angelina is pointing out the “urgent need for more medical assistance and legal and psychosocial support” as well as a “strong legal framework to ensure all perpetrators of sexual violence are held accountable.”

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  • JPFamily

    Thank you Jared, as always I am so inspired by Angelina and her big beautiful caring heart, a wonderful lady. Brad and she are a very loving and special couple in every way, God bless them and their children
    Big hello and thank you Love the JoliePitts – you are very kind and a truly special lady and friend. God bless you always, so thoughtful and generous to all.

    Reposting – New pics + video from today in Myanmar:

    Angelina Jolie latest celebrity to visit Myanmar

  • toastie postie

    Thanks JPF. I really like her outfit. “So pretty, she is,” says the wise Yoda. :0)

  • toastie postie

    Thanks JPF. I really like her outfit. “So pretty, she is,” says the wise Yoda. :0)

  • JPFamily

    toastie – you are a very wise lady and Queen, take it from me.
    Oh and the ’80s rocked, you have great taste!

    Reposting Press Releases.
    UNHCR Press Release:
    Geneva, 31 July 2015
    UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt visits displaced people in Myanmar’s Kachin State
    UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt travelled to Myitkyina township in Kachin State on Thursday, where over 100,000 people have been displaced since a cease-fire agreement between the Myanmar armed forces and ethnic armed groups broke down in 2011.

    She spoke with displaced families and heard about challenges related to access to basic services, particularly health care. A 90-year-old woman described how she has been displaced for most of her life, approximately 10 times since the 1960s, and most recently in 2012.

    Jolie Pitt also spoke with a family who had just arrived after fleeing Sumprabum township in northern Kachin State and spending 10 days in the forest. “We have relatives and friends who are still stranded in the forest. They need help urgently,” the head of the family said.

    Jolie Pitt stressed the importance of humanitarian access to assist the displaced families. No local or international humanitarian actors have been able to access this conflict area since clashes started in late June this year.

    “Women and girls need to have a meaningful and active role in the peace process,” said the Special Envoy. “With cease-fire talks and the upcoming elections, it’s essential that all of Myanmar’s people, including those displaced, can be engaged in decisions that affect their future.”

  • JPFamily
    Co-Founder of the PSV Initiative visits Burma
    Angelina Jolie Pitt highlights sexual violence in conflict during her visit to Burma.

    Co-Founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative Ms. Angelina Jolie Pitt visited Kachin today. She met INGOs, Civil Society Organisations and survivors of sexual violence, to highlight the vulnerability of women and girls living in conflict situations. And she met survivors of sexual violence, including a young displaced woman from a camp in Kachin State enduring her tenth year of sexual violence in the home.

    Ms Jolie Pitt said:
    This visit underlined the vulnerability of women and girls living in protracted conflict situations to sexual violence, trafficking, and other human rights violations.

    It was moving and humbling to meet survivors of sexual violence in Kachin State. Organisations like the Women and Girl Centre in Myitkyina are doing everything in their power to help them. But there is an urgent need for more medical assistance and legal and psychosocial support for survivors, and for a strong legal framework to ensure all perpetrators of sexual violence are held accountable.

    This visit was a first step. I look forward to working with women’s groups here and to helping where I can to address the issues facing women’s rights in this country, including through the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative.

    Earlier this week, Ms Jolie Pitt met members of the government, including President Thein Sein, Defence Minister Lieutenant General Wai Lwin and Parliamentary Speaker Shwe Mann, to encourage legal and practical steps to end impunity for sexual violence and help survivors. She pressed for the inclusion of language on the prevention of sexual violence in conflict in the draft Preventing Violence Against Women Law currently going through parliament. Also, she raised the importance of the rule of law and for perpetrators of rape to be brought to justice to show accountability and transparency.

    The British Ambassador, Andrew Patrick, said:
    Preventing sexual violence in conflict and supporting the rights of women and girls remains a high priority for the UK here in Burma and globally. I am pleased that the UK government, through our Department for International Development, is supporting such essential facilities. We are looking to expand the programme of Women and Girl Centre’s with UNFPA into other parts of Burma.

    This follows the recent visit by UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Hugo Swire, who launched the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict in Burma. The Protocol is a set of standards, drafted by over 200 experts from around the world, on the documentation of sexual violence as a crime under international law. It is an important tool to effectively and protectively document sexual violence, support survivors, and pursue accountability for these crimes.

    Background on PSVI:
    In recent years there has been growing international recognition of the critical need to address sexual violence in conflict. Through a series of UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) the United Nations has repeatedly condemned and called for the end to all forms of sexual violence against women and children. States, the UN, NGOs, the International Criminal Court, military organisations, and medical, social and legal practitioners have all made significant advances in prevention, protection and survivor support. But despite these efforts, sexual violence in armed conflict continues to occur, often reaching appalling and frequent levels of brutality.

    The PSVI was co-founded in 2012 by Ms Jolie Pitt and the-then UK Foreign Secretary The Rt. Hon William Hague MP. The Initiative is working to tackle the culture of impunity for sexual violence committed in conflict with one of deterrence – by increasing the number of perpetrators brought to justice both internationally and nationally; by strengthening international efforts and co-ordination to prevent and respond to sexual violence; and by supporting states to build their national capacity.

    The then UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and Angelina Jolie Pitt co-chaired the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict on 10-13 June 2014 in London, with 1,700 delegates and 123 country delegations including 79 Ministers. The Summit agreed practical steps to tackle impunity for sexual violence, and to begin to change global attitudes to these crimes. Burma attended the conference and signed up to the Declaration to end sexual violence in conflict.

    In February 2015 William Hague and Angelina Jolie Pitt launched a new Centre for Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics. The centre is the UK’s first academic centre on Women, Peace and Security and will focus on the empowerment of women and the ending of impunity for sexual violence in conflict.

    In May 2015 the Prime Minister appointed Baroness Anelay, FCO Minister of State, to the position of Prime Minister’s Special Representative on preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict. Baroness Anelay’s appointment demonstrates the UK’s continuing commitment to leading the global fight to end the scourge of sexual violence in conflict once and for all.

    The Women and Girl Centres in Myitkyina were launched in January 2014 by UNFPA through DFID funding. Women and girls have access to psychosocial support, case management, and referrals to other relevant agencies.

  • JPFamily
    Angelina Jolie encourages young people & women to check voter lists
    Angelina Jolie Pitt visited voter education project and urged women and young people to check voter list ahead of Burma elections.

    Co-Founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) Ms. Angelina Jolie Pitt met participants in the ‘She Leads’ voter education programme as part of her visit to Rangoon today. She saw first hand the process for checking the voters list online and talked to participants about the importance of the work they are doing to encourage their communities to check their names.

    Ms Jolie Pitt said:
    The elections in November are an extremely important moment for this country. Today I met inspiring young women preparing to vote for the first time, who have educated themselves about the process and come together to share that knowledge with others at this critical time. I encourage everyone to follow their example. I urge everyone, women and young people in particular, to check the voter list on behalf of your parents and families. If you can’t get home to check the lists, I learnt today how you can check online at

    The British Ambassador said:
    I am pleased the UK government, through DFID, is able to provide support to voter education activities like the “She Leads” programme. It is important for women to participate in democratic processes. I encourage everyone to check they are on the Voter List and their details are correct so they can vote on 8th November.

    Background on “She Leads” Programme:
    The ‘She Leads’ women’s leadership training programme, implemented by Yaung Chi Thit, with the support of the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES), has been designed to help address the lack of women’s leadership in political and decision-making processes at all levels.

    The programme aims to build a pool of women with an understanding of the democratic and electoral processes in the country, and provide them with a set of leadership skills that will give them the confidence to take on progressive leadership roles within their communities and organisations, as well as serving as role models for other women.

  • JPFamily
  • Danae

    What I like about her is the fact that during her charity visits she’s all about the issue.
    She does not draw attention to her outfits, make-up, hairdo. She’s here to fight for something and is not afraid to raise her voice. She might have many vices and be perceived as a diva but still, what she does for women suffering sexual abuse is noteworthy.

  • ali7

    That’s true she is not wearing design outfits, she knows this business if she wear design outfits tabloids will report what she is wearing, instead of issues that she care the most, clever our Dame

  • juju

    vices? diva?
    i think someone got the wrong thread

    thx jpfamily for all ur work

  • Beck

    I never knew Brad and Beckham were friends.

  • ali7

    They’re not they just met at the wedding I think I’m not sure

  • Beck

    I think it’s likely they’ve crossed paths before, hollywood is a small world and they’ve almost surely attended some of the same events. And of course, DB has mentioned wanting Brad to play him in a movie lol. But, yeah, maybe the wedding is the first time they’ve really ‘hung out’ for more than a few minutes.


    She has no known “many vices” and shes certainly not a diva.

  • toastie postie

    Great stuff. Great week of articles and pictures! Must be the Blue Moon (psst… our lucky charm keeps giving). :0)


    Juju….I should have done what you did and NOT respond DIIRECTLY to the apparent troll.

  • toastie postie

    Yes, like you say, heaven forbid any makeup. Her critics salivate to nitpick any thing she does. They are sooooooooo shallow, unlike Angina Jolie Pitt.

    However I don’t agree with Danae about vices and diva part though. :0(

  • Jenny from the flop

    YAS QUEEN!! Educate the world!!

  • toastie postie

    To be fair, I agree with part of your post, but not about many vices and diva – almost a backhanded compliment. But you have a right to your opinion, as long as it is an honest opinion.

  • toastie postie

    Sigh. Me too. :0( Sometimes it’s hard for me to judge fairly.

  • ali7

    Hi TP I think u were asking why Angie hold her arm when she’s checking hand, I think it is a tradition over there if u see some of the video posted here by JPFamily, people she checking hand with are doing the same as her

  • toastie postie

    Yes, I just noticed that. Thanks! :0)

  • toastie postie

    OT – Happy Blue Moon Day!

    Once In A Blue Moon Rare?

    Blue Moon – Marcels – old fogeys like me now – :0)

  • Danae

    I’ve written that she might be perceived as a diva – I know quite a lot of people who think that she’s snooty and has a huge ego.
    Personally I think she’s very humble, especially for someone that appreciated in the Hollywood world. I’ve based my opinion about her vices on the opinion which was misunderstood and mistranslated by the media in my home country – should’ve done better research before writing my comment, you’re right.

    I very much appreciate Angelina for everything she does – be it art or charity related venture. She uses her popularity to do something good and she seems to be very devoted to do so.

  • JPFamily

    Some more pics Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation related – and you can see how moved Angelina is:

    Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation Visit -
    Actress and activist Angelina Jolie Pitt listens to Rohingya community representatives describing the difficult conditions of life in Rakhine State.
    Visits the Phayar Pyu Monastery on July 31, 2015 in Yangon, Myanmar. Ms Pitt met senior Buddhist, Muslim, Catholic and Hindu leaders for dialogue on the role of faith leaders in Burma and their activities to support the peace process and address tensions within communities.

    Good news – at least one of the photo agencies – AP, has changed their wrong identification of Maddox, rather than Pax:

  • cycleon2

    Happy Friday!! We have been so lucky with all the JP news… I have tons of posts to catch up on, but I saw this & wanted to share:

    Robert Duvall ‏@RobertDuvall 6m
    I watched this movie twice because of #bradpitt’s performance.

  • toastie postie

    Such a major error for news agencies to make. The written word and pictures are their business, yet they can’t make the effort to correctly identify Angelina’s child, especially in such a worthwhile event. Thanks!

  • toastie postie


  • wika

    Thanks for the hard work!!

    Eta: Random, but since they addressed her as Ms Pitt I wonder if that’s her last name instead of Jolie Pitt? I can understand why ent outlets would have addressed her as JP though.

  • wika

    Thing is, who the hell said she’s a diva? Everyone she’s worked with said otherwise. LOL. So…

  • cycleon2

    Both Brad & Angie are known to be very kind and polite to everyone, so it make sense that he would be polite to David whether they were “friends” or not. David & Victoria seem to be raising their family differently than the JPs (all the social media exposure- so, so much & pap walks), but I’m sure they can find common ground for the duration of a wedding- they could talk about Guy, if nothing else.

  • toastie postie

    OT – Apparently Jessica Alba’s Sunscreen is not so hot – wait…it is hot – you get burnt – back to the drawing board, if you don’t want to get sued.
    From MSN Wonderwall

    Jessica Alba’s Honest Company sunscreen isn’t just non-toxic — it’s non-working. That’s the claim being made by a slew of social media users who say they were sunburned almost immediately after using Honest Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30. It seems the social media gripes began in earnest after a mom complained to NBC 5 Chicago that the stuff had left her child “really burned on her arms, shoulders, legs face, pretty much everywhere.” NBC (via E! News) reports the company reduced the zinc oxide content from 20 to 9.3 percent, although the company says it added other safe, non-toxic ingredients to make up for the change. On Twitter, complaints (via Jezebel) ranged from “Second time I’ve tried this stuff and got fried,” to “No offense to @Honest, but I will NEVER use your sunscreen again!! After applying it LIBERALLY every hr, my baby girl is burnt!! Not happy!!” to “Hey @jessicaalba your sunscreen sucks. We got burned.”

  • Beck

    Of course he would be polite to him even if they were total strangers. It just seems like they hung out a lot at the wedding- though the pictures could be misleading.

  • cycleon2

    Good point about the pictures. I’ve been helping my sister get ready for a move & we’ve been looking through lots of old pictures- some people that look like best buddies in a snap from years ago, and we can’t even place them! Regardless, I always thought that Brad & Angie’s shared politeness, kindness, and humility were a very big part of the attraction between them. Of course, their gorgeous looks & smarts, too, but that kindness seems so rare in Hollywood.

  • Passing Through

    Dang…another new thread…Jared’s on fiyah!

    Is this day 4 or Angie’s visit? Any word on whether or not she’s left? Presumably for home… I can’t remember her ever being gone on a trip this long away from the other kids. I’m sure they’re doing Skype or Face Time or something.

  • ali7

    Guy Ritchie wedding guests were really relax taking selfies, going from tents to tents it is more relaxing than porgie wedding where guests were stress as they were forbidden to bring their phone with them

  • ali7

    I think they’re finishing their businesses once for all as they’re going to be busy with their respective project for the next fewer months Brad with war machine, BTS & then Angie directing

  • sandra

    Wasn’t she supposed to have a meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi ?

  • KBB

    I love that she could be resting on her laurels and sitting back sipping cocktails or posting selfies–she instead chooses to be of service to others. What a full life well spent

  • fyi

    per tweets, Brad arrived at LAX
    Diane Ponco ‏@ponkytown 6m6 minutes ago

    150731 BRAD PITT OMG #LAX

    oNat~ ‏@MiNatwOnnie 2m2 minutes ago

    OHHH SHOOOOTTT I SAW BRAD PITT *U* #BradPittisbae #150731 #kcon15laweekend

    delt(A)lanna ‏@DeltaLovesTara 1m1 minute ago

    My sister just saw Brad Pitt at LAX and HE SAID HI TO her WTF im so sad i

  • toastie postie

    Thanks! :0)

  • sandra
  • Observer2
  • sandra

    dat hat lol

  • Mike1288

    Now this ladies and gentleman is a real feminist. A woman who travels around the world affecting change on true atrocities happening to woman. Not a surgically enhanced woman crawling on the floor every chance she gets.

  • toastie postie

    OT – In keeping with Blue Moon Day – When I was a teen and heard the lovely doo wop song “Blue Moon” by the Marcels, I didn’t know that it was a 1934 Rogers and Hart song. Doh! “Stupid, you are!”, say a runt called Yoda. *giving him the side eye* :0(

    Billie Holiday

  • Observer2

    Plus, Brad and their kids are huge soccer fans, who better to talk about that with than DB. LOL

  • ali7

    Gorgeous pics of Angie

  • busted

    Brad is back in LA.. he must have left right after the wedding.

  • Observer2

    Not only did they insult Angelina twice, but, then came back to clarify and did it again. Better stop while I’m ahead or they’ll come back to clarify a third time and make it three for three.