As far as socially conscious celebrities go, Angelina Jolie has one of the most respected opinions and she has this week used her fame as a platform to raise another issue she is concerned about.
Speaking to an influential audience at the House of Lords committee in London yesterday, Jolie expressed her concerns on sexual violence and abuse in conflict and areas of terror and unrest.
Acting as a voice for those who are perhaps silenced or afraid to speak up, her speech was littered with emotional and touching stories from the people that she has met in her humanitarian work.
From the physical and emotional repercussions to the harrowing experience of witnessing their friends and family being ‘sold’ and men haggling over their worth, their stories did not go unheard.
“The most aggressive terrorist group in the world today knows what we know, knows that it (rape) is a very effective weapon and they are using it as a centre point of their terror and their way of destroying communities and families, and attacking and dehumanising,” Jolie said.
“This terrorist group we are dealing with in Syria and Iraq is absolutely using rape.
“They are dictating it as policy.
“This is beyond something we have seen before… they are saying, ‘You should do this, this is the way to build a society, we ask you to rape.”
The 40-year-old has been an activist for female rights and less fortunate countries for an extended period of time and we hope her ability to bring awareness helps us move towards positive change.