Angelina Jolie Speech: Equality for Women

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Angelina Jolie Speech: Equality for Women

Learn English with Angelina Jolie. Delivering a keynote address to the General Assembly ministerial meeting on United Nations peacekeeping, actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian, Angelina Jolie, asked for the perspective of women to be taken into consideration in peace negotiations. Angelina Jolie is an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. The recipient of numerous accolades, including an Academy Award and three Golden Globe Awards, she has been named Hollywood’s highest-paid actress multiple times. In this Speech, she also quotes: “Think how much more we could achieve with women’s equal participation in all aspects of society. Not at the expense of men, but alongside men. Because we are all partners in this life.” – Watch with big English subtitles.

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Angelina Jolie Quote: If you don’t get out of the box you’ve been raised in, you won’t understand how much bigger the world is.

“If you don’t get out of the box you’ve been raised in, you won’t understand how much bigger the world is.” Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie – FULL TRANSCRIPT:

“Hello. Under-Secretary General, Foreign and Defence Ministers, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

This is the third UN Defense Peacekeeping Ministerial I have attended, but the first on my home soil.

I am very proud to speak here as an American.

I am a patriot. I love my country and want to see it thrive.

I also believe strongly in an America that is part of an international community.

Countries working together on an equal footing is how we reduce the risk of conflict.

It is how we avoid the need to send men and women of our militaries to fight and sacrifice overseas.

The UN was set up for that purpose. As a way of resolving differences peacefully, supporting each other’s prosperity, and extending universal rights and freedoms.

It is in all our interests for the UN to be made effective, brought closer to the lives of citizens, and not ever misused.

At a deeper level, a country that believes that all men and women are born free and equal cannot be true to itself if it doesn’t defend those principles for all people, wherever they live, regardless their circumstances, and no matter how desperate their struggle.

In fact, our support should be strongest where rights are threatened the most.

We seem incapable of upholding minimum standards of humanity in many parts of the world.

That this comes at a time when humankind is richer, and more technologically advanced than ever before, is all the more painful.

Eighteen years ago, when I first began working with the UN Refugee Agency, there were just under 20 million displaced people worldwide, and the numbers were falling.

Today there are over 65 million people displaced, and the numbers are rising.

More countries are experiencing some form of violent conflict today than any time in the last thirty years.

UN peacekeepers now comprise of the second largest group of forces deployed overseas, and are often required to serve where there is little or no peace to be kept.

Against this backdrop, it is easy to dismiss our institutions as flawed or ineffective.

My hope, instead, is that young people in particular will feel inspired to join the effort to improve them: to join the ‘men and women in the arena’, to paraphrase President Roosevelt, ‘who strive — are striving — to do deeds, and whose faces are marred by dust and sweat and blood’.

In that regard, I want to express my respect for men and women who serve as peacekeepers, and for those who have been killed or injured.

The protection of civilians is the primary responsibility of governments. When UN peacekeepers are deployed, it is usually where a government is unable or unwilling to protect civilian life.

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