People: Angelina Jolie Pitt Calls for Inclusion of Women in Peacekeeping During Surprise Speech at U.N. Summit
Angelina Jolie Pitt has called for a "new way of conducting peacekeeping" focused on the inclusion of women during a surprise visit to a United Nations summit in London.
In her speech, the actress and UNHCR Special Envoy encouraged countries to sign an agreement pledging to increase the involvement of women throughout the peacekeeping process.
"Peacekeeping forces can only gain and keep the trust of the local populations if they are able to engage with women, as well as men, in that community," Jolie said. "When I met senior commanders a short while ago to discuss the challenges of the security tasks they faced, they were clear that women peacekeepers and police officers are essential to local consent and operational effectiveness."
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Update: Angelina Jolie says UN undermined by sexual abuse by peacekeepers (The Guardian).
WNU Editor: She is right.