Afghanistan Peace Talks: Angelina Jolie Calls for Support of Women – Variety
As peace talks between the U.S. and Taliban attempt to end the Afghanistan War, Angelina Jolie has called for support of Afghan women’s rights and more female representation in Afghan government delegations.
The Academy Award-winning actress penned an op-ed for Time on Wednesday addressing her concerns for Afghan women. Since 2012, Jolie has served as special envoy to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, embarking on more than 40 field missions to meet with refugees. She also donated $1 million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the largest donation ever to the organization by a single individual.
“When the Taliban seized power in 1996, it waged a war against Afghan women. Girls’ education was banned. Women were confined to the home and denied the right to work. They were flogged, beaten, mutilated and stoned to death for supposed immorality. This is not ancient history. These are living memories for millions of Afghans,” she wrote.