Now, here’s what I see as an example of genuinely good and thoughtful activism done by a celebrity. Angelina Jolie is opening a center in the UK – at the London School of Economics – to study issues of sexual violence in conflict.
A four-day summit hosted by Jolie and Hague in June last year, as part of the UK government’s Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict initiative, resulted in a protocol signed by 151 countries and the LSE’s centre on women, peace and security is the latest step in trying to combat the use of rape as a weapon of war.
The groundbreaking LSE centre on women, peace and security will gather key thinkers, activists, policymakers and academics together in order to better tackle intransigent global problems such as the prosecution of warzone rapists and women’s engagement in politics.
The center will be led by Christine Chinkin, a professor of law at LSE who works on gender-violence issues. It will also offer an MSc program in women, peace, and security starting in 2016. A great initiative, which will actually further research, discourse, and policymaking to combat sexual violence in conflict.