Angelina Jolie visited a factory in Myanmar where she met with female workers to learn more about their difficult living conditions, according to the Daily Mail.
Jolie, who serves as a special envoy for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, spent four days in the country, including a visit with Burma’s opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who spend decades under house arrest. The pair went to the factories to witness the “squalid and dire” conditions that the employees live in. Most of the women live in cheap hostels where they are vulnerable to sexual violence, trafficking and other human rights violations. Jolie was invited to make the visit by Suu Kyi, according to the British embassy.
Obviously, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you already heard about this last week, but on August 23rd, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt got married in a small ceremony at their home in the Provence province of France, Chateau Miraval. They have released a statement confirming their wedding:
On Saturday, 23rd of August 2014, in the presence of family and friends, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married in a small chapel in Chateau Miraval in France. It was a non-denominational civil ceremony. It was very much a family affair. All their children took part. Angelina was walked down the aisle by her eldest sons Maddox and Pax. Zahara and Vivienne threw petals, gathered from the garden. Shiloh and Know were the ring bearers. In the days before coming to France, and as citizens of California, Brad and Angelina filled out their paperwork and obtained a marriage license from a local judge, who also traveled to France to conduct the ceremony at Chateau Miraval. They are therefore married under California law.
An additional statement released by the couple read:
“It was important to us that the day was relaxed and full of laughter. It was such a special day to share with our children and a very happy time for our family.”
Angelina Jolie has released a statement regrading the current situation of Syrian refugees. Jolie serves as a Special Envoy for the UNHCR.
“Three million refugees is not just another statistic. It is a searing indictment of our collective failure to end the war in Syria. International stability is steadily bleeding away in Syria. UN Security Council Resolutions are being ignored; war crimes are being committed on a daily basis; regional countries are staggering under the human burden; and Syrian refugees are dying in the Mediterranean Sea, trying to reach Europe. We need to see a new attempt to resolve the conflict and greater efforts to support more than 13 million Syrians who are in desperate need. The reputation and credibility of the international system is at stake with so many thousands of lives threatened in Syria.”
Angelina Jolie is currently working in Malta where she is filming By the Sea. She just married her partner, Brad Pitt over the weekend at their home, Chateau Miraval, in the Provence area of France.
Angelina Jolie attending the premiere of Mr. & Mrs. Smith:
Why She Is Awesome:
Angelina is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), an organization that works to help refugees and displaced people. She also serves as Special Envoy to the High Commissioner.
She also works with:
Daniel Pearl Foundation, an organization formed in memory of the journalist with the aim of promoting cross-cultural understanding.
Human Rights Watch, an organization that protects the human rights of people around the world, often focusing on LGBT issues.
Jolie-Pitt Foundation, an organization formed by Jolie and her partner, Brad Pitt, to assist with humanitarian crises around the world.
UNICEF, the United Nations children’s fund.