Angelina Jolie has kicked off another big moment in her career, and it has nothing to do with Hollywood. The actress and the filmmaker, who co-founded the prevention of sexual violence in conflict initiative, is set to lecture students at London School of Economic (LSE) centre for women in peace and security on Wednesday about her experience in the field and how sexual violence is used as a tool of war in the states.
Being a bit nervous with butterflies in her stomach and in a hope to do well in the guest lecture, the actress will formally begin in September. The post is unpaid, but that will not deter Ms Jolie to speak on the impact of war on women
As a visiting professor, she will deliver guest lectures to students, participate in public events and workshops, and undertake her own research.
Ms Jolie and Lord Hague are two of four visiting professors contributing to the programme, alongside Jane Connors, the director of International Advocacy at Amnesty International in Geneva, and Madeleine Rees, Secretary General of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.
However, from September 2017, students will be able to take an entire Master’s in the subject, the first of its kind anywhere in the world. The course is intended to build in strategies to promote gender equality and enhance women’s economic, social and political participation and security.
Ms Jolie while visiting campus even said that she is very much intrigued by this venture and hope other academic institutions will follow this example, as 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.
She embodied her new, visiting professor mantle perfectly, paring down her iconic Hollywood image in favour of a simple yet sophisticated longline coat.
The actress addressed a class of students taking the same-titled postgraduate course, Women, Peace and Security; her speech went down well with the class, who described the presentation as ‘wonderful’. The course helps scholars, practitioners, activists, policy-makers and students to develop strategies to promote justice, human rights and participation for women in conflict-affected situations around the world. They conduct original research and teach with the aim of promoting gender equality and enhancing women’s economic, social and political participation and security. As part of her fellowship, Angelina will also be able to conduct her own research in the field.