Angelina Jolie is using her voice to help others once again, this time for women’s rights.
For Harper’s Bazaar’s 150th anniversary edition, the human rights activist penned an open letter from Namibia calling attention to the realities women face today.
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“As a woman, for much of the 19th century in most Western countries, you couldn’t go to university, and entire professions, like medicine, science, and law, were closed to you,” she wrote. “You couldn’t vote and wouldn’t win that right in many countries for more than half a century.”
She added, “I imagine that if that reader of Bazaar could see us now, she would be astonished.”
Noting that inequality still exists for millions of women around the world, the 42-year-old actress said, “I read recently that the World Economic Forum predicted that it will take 83 years for the gaps in rights and opportunities between women and men to close in all countries.
“This is not about progress for women at the expense of men, but about finding an equal balance that benefits everyone. Eighty-three years seems far longer than anyone, man or woman, would ever hope for or imagine.”
This is not about progress for women at the expense of men, but about finding an equal balance that benefits everyone.
Jolie also called attention to the fact that a safe environment plays a big role when it comes to helping women advance.
“Women make up most of the world’s poor … When the environment is damaged — for example when fishing stocks are destroyed, wildlife is killed by poachers, or tropical forests are bulldozed — it deepens their poverty,” she explained. “Women’s education and health are the first things to suffer.”
Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada Travel