This week, MomStart had the pleasure of interviewing Angelina Jolie during an event for Maleficent. Aside from her work as a talented actress, Ms. Jolie is well-known for her humanitarian efforts, and during this Q&A she brought up an event close to her heart: The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, taking place in London from June 10th through the 12th. As a UNHCR Special Envoy, Ms. Jolie will be joining UK Foreign Secretary William Hague to lead this summit, which includes group discussions, presentations, documentary screenings, and performances including theater, poetry readings and music.
The Global Summit will be the largest event ever held on the subject of sexual violence during conflict, and will be attended by representatives of 148 governments, NGOs, military members, medical and legal professionals and more. The event is free to the public – you can find additional details and a full itinerary by clicking here to view the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict website.
Although audiences are looking forward to seeing Ms. Jolie on screen this month, she has recently discussed her wish to put acting in the backseat as she continues to focus on her work with the United Nations. “I’m sure there will be a few more films but I’m happy I’m able to be selective and have fun with characters like this (Maleficent),” she told Digital Spy in a recent interview. “I would like to focus more on writing and directing, and above all I would like to do more for the UN and my work with the PSVI (Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative),” she continued.
If you’d like to learn more about this issue and learn how to put a stop to the use of sexual violence during conflict, you can follow the End Sexual Violence in Conflict Facebook and Twitter pages for more information on how to get involved.