Angelina Jolie is having just another ordinary day—meaning she woke up this morning and co-chaired the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. All in a day’s work as an actress, humanitarian, mom, and superwoman, right?
Before her co-chair, British Foreign Secretary William Hague, announced that the U.K. would pledge another £6 million (approximately $10 million U.S.) to support survivors of sexual violence in warring areas, Angelina gave a moving speech. Watch here:
“This whole subject has been taboo for far too long,” she said. “War zone rape is a crime that thrives on silence and denial. The stigma harms survivors and it causes feelings of shame and worthlessness. It feeds ignorance, such as the notion that rape has anything to do with normal sexual impulses. But most of all, it allows the rapist to get away with it. They feel above the law because the law rarely touches them and society tolerates them.”
“As Eleanor Roosevelt once said,” she continued, “‘The destiny of human rights is in the hands of all our citizens and all our communities,’ and this evil will continue ruining the lives of millions of people unless we make this summit a turning point. And we can. We must send a message around the world that there is no disgrace in being a survivor of sexual violence, that the shame is on the aggressor. We must work together in new and unprecedented ways across borders and religions, bringing governments and people together and tackling the problem from every possible angle. And by doing this, we can end the use of rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war once and for all. We really can do it.”
Angie, by doing things like this—lending your time and attention to the largest organized event dedicated to the issue of sexual violence in warring areas, as AFP reports—you’re really becoming quite the modern day Eleanor Roosevelt, aren’t you? Keep it up, lady. Issues like this need your superficial star power, yes, but also your thoughts and words. That was one hell of a speech.