Angelina Jolie hints at move into politics

News Desk , Bol News

13:23:39, Friday, December 28, 2018

Angelina Jolie hinted on Friday she could one day enter politics, as she urged global leaders to do more to help refugees and women in conflict.

Asked whether she was moving towards a political career, the Hollywood star, an envoy for the U.N. refugee agency who has also campaigned on sexual violence against women, said she would "go where I'm needed".

"If you asked me 20 years ago, I would've laughed," she said in an interview with British broadcaster the BBC. "I don't know if I'm fit for politics, but then I've also joked that I don't know if I have a skeleton left in my closet."

Jolie said her work with the United Nations and other organisations enabled her to "get a lot done without a title", but did not rule out a future switch.

"I honestly will do whatever I think can really make change and right now, I am able to work with a U.N. agency ... to do a lot of work directly with the people in need," she said.

"I'm also able to work with governments and I'm also able to work with militaries. And so I sit in a very interesting place of being able to get a lot done without a title and without it being about myself or my policies. So for now I'll sit quiet."

The Oscar-winning actor has in recent years visited refugee camps to highlight the plight of those uprooted by war, and broadened her international efforts to protect women, working with NATO and governments to help stop the use of rape as a weapon of war.

With 68.5 million people uprooted globally, she said more needed to be done to support refugees and host communities in developing countries.

"The focus should be what is happening to these people? Why is this happening? How do we have this many people uprooted and what are the causes?" Jolie said.

U.N. members earlier this month adopted a deal aimed at improving the way world copes with rising migration.

The non-binding pact, meant to foster cooperation on migration, was agreed in July by all 193 U.N. members except the United States, but only 164 formally signed it at the meeting.

"This should not be seen as a headache for people. This is how we need our leaders to be thinking about balancing our world," she added.

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