#WOMANCRUSHEVERYDAY - Angelina Jolie
Since the millennium, Jolie has actively been involved in numerous campaigns and pieces of work, from UNHCR ambassadorship and conservation and community development, to child immigration and education, along with human and women’s rights.
In 2001, she took part in her first field visit, travelling to camps considered as troubled spots across the globe after she contacted the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees back in February. She did this to learn more about the conditions in these areas and to figure out what she could do to help. Her visit consisted of an 18-day mission to both Sierra Leone and Tanzania; she later expressed her disgust at what she had seen. After her trip, in the upcoming months, Jolie returned to Cambodia for a couple of weeks. She then met with the Afghan refugees in Pakistan who were making an international emergency appeal, to which she donated $1 million. This was, to date, their biggest appeal from a private individual.
Jolie was also at the forefront of a campaign against sexual violence in the military conflict zones. In May 2012, along with William Hague, the foreign secretary at the time, she launched the ‘Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative’ campaign. Jolie spoke of her work at the G8 Foreign Minister's meeting before the UN Security Council. This was massively successful as they responded by adopting its broadest resolution on the issue to date. Later on, in the June of 2014, she co-chaired the four-day Global Summit to end sexual violence in conflict, the largest-ever meeting in the matter. This resulted in a procedure approved and supported by over 150 nations.
Throughout the years which followed, Jolie continues to work with PSVI, and met Chloe Dalton and Arminka Helic, two foreign policy experts. Combining their work, they founded the appropriately titled ‘Jolie Pitt Dalton Helic’ campaign. This was a partnership dedicated to women's rights and international justice, alongside other causes. Later, in May 2016, Jolie was appointed as the visiting professor at the London School of Economics to contribute to a postgraduate degree program at the University's Centre on Women, Peace and Security.
In the February of 2013, Jolie underwent a double mastectomy after being given the news of having a high risk of developing breast cancer. To Jolie, this was devastating news after the death of both her mother and grandmother, who were found to have the same rare gene. After her recovery, Jolie discussed her mastectomy and oophorectomy in ‘op-eds’, this was later published by The New York Times. Her initial aim for taking part in this was to help other women make informed health choices and realize what is most important. The interview entailed her diagnosis along with the surgeries and personal experiences which she had while recovering. She noted, "On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity."