When it comes to women’s empowerment, Angelina Jolie has been a constant voice for change. This gorgeous queen is a world-renowned actress & activist. Apart from playing multiple personas on the big screen, she spends her personal time on real-world issues. Her priority is education, the growth of children, and saving refugees.
This is what makes her so unique, her ability to use her fame to empower others, especially those who don’t have enough. We decided to celebrate her successes by mentioning thirteen note-worthy things she has done for the greater good!
1. Ambassador for UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)
Since 2001, Angelina Jolie has worked closely with UNHCR, the most prominent agency rescuing refugees worldwide. Back then, she donated a sum of $1 million to help. She has visited over 30 countries since then, becoming UNHCR’s Goodwill Ambassador in the process. Impressively, she has been part of over 40 field missions. In 2012, she became a Special Envoy.
2. From Tomb Raider to Cambodia
During the filming of her first Tomb Raider movie, Angelina saw the true state of refugees in Cambodia. She fell in love with the people of Cambodia and could feel their suffering. She returned to Cambodia to help out through UNHCR. Because of her actions, she was rewarded Cambodian citizenship. Her first adopted child is also Cambodian.
3. The Refugees Come First
Angelina Jolie has always been an activist for those who can’t speak for their rights. She stands with refugees, always has. She has visited countless countries, including Pakistan, Syria, Afghanistan, Tanzania, Sudan, Sierra Leone, to name a few. Being an amazing human, she has saved countless lives by actively donating & participating in help programs around the world. This makes her a superhero in our eyes! To save one life is to save all of humanity.
4. Angelina Jolie is For The Children
Throughout her life, Angelina has worked for the future of the world’s children. She speaks for those who don’t know what education means; she works in areas where education is non-existent. While in Cambodia, she opened up more than ten schools. In 2010, she opened two primary schools for girls in Tangi and Qalai Gudar in Afghanistan. She also opened Zahara Children’s Center in Ethiopia.
5. She Supported Rhoyinga Refugees
Most of us just saw this passing by on the news, but Angelina went to Bangladesh. Speaking to Reuters, she said:
“I urge the Myanmar authorities to show the genuine commitment needed to end the cycle of violence, displacement, and improve conditions for all communities in Rakhine State, including the Rohingya.”
6. She Saved Animals & Nature
Angelina purchased over 60,000 hectares of land in Cambodia to protect it from poachers called the Maddox Jolie Project. She turned the entire area into a wildlife reserve. After her wedding with Brad Pitt, the foundation was renamed The Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation.
7. She Inspires Her Children
One of Angelina’s daughters, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, has learned a lot from her loving mother. The young entrepreneur launched a jewelry brand called The Zahara Collection. Following her mother’s footsteps, all proceeds went to the House of Ruth Shelters.
8. She Supports Venezuelan Refugees
In 2019, she went to Colombia to meet Venezuelan refugees. According to UNHCR, she spoke to the media about the situation:
“It is not possible to put a value on the support that Colombia and Peru and Ecuador are giving to the people of Venezuela because it is the core of what it is to be human.”
9. She is Super Vocal About Herself
Angelina Jolie has consistently spoken up about herself regardless of what the world thought. She has never shied away from her health issues, even discussing Bell’s Palsy diagnosis back in 2013. It takes courage to talk about your health so openly in front of the world, and we admire her bravery! We should value genuine emotion when we see it – it’s rare.
10. She Keeps Standing Tall
Life is full of hardships. What makes us strong or weak is how we react to the hardships. We admire Angelina Jolie for being a face of strength for women all over the world. She has been through the traumas of divorce multiple times. Going through this kind of emotional trauma is always tricky. But she always came out strong to work for those who needed help! That’s what makes her stand out among the rest.
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- Sources: Wikipedia