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Angelina Jolie at UN speaks out for women’s role in Afghan peace process


(united Nations) – Hollywood’s legendary actress Angelina Jolie, who is an activist for refugee-related causes, spoke out Friday in favor of women’s engagement in peace process aimed at ending the long conflict in Afghanistan.

In an address to the ministers and diplomats at the United Nations, she said: “In Afghanistan thousands of women have recently come together in public risking their lives to ask that their rights and the rights of their children be guaranteed in peace negotiations that so far they have been allow no part of.”

Jolie added: “There can be no peace or stability in Afghanistan or anywhere else in the world that involves trading away the rights of women.”

The world “will remain stuck in a cycle of violence and conflicts” as long as nations put almost every other issue ahead of equality for women,” she said.

The A-List actress and UN special envoy for refugees delivered the keynote address at a conference to raise support for UN peacekeeping missions at a time when the United States is seeking major budget cuts to the blue helmet operations.

Angelina Jolie, describing herself as a American patriot, spoke in favor of US engagement in the world, saying: “I´m a patriot. I love my country and I want to see it thrive,” Jolie told the gathering at the General Assembly.

The 43-year-old Academy Award-winning actress serves as a special envoy for the UNHCR, the UN refugee agency that she began working with 18 years ago.

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