Professor Jolie: Angelina Gives Her First Lecture on Women's Rights at LSE Ahead of Master's Class Teaching Stint
Angelina Jolie just got a first taste of the teaching life.
The filmmaker and activist, 41, gave a lecture at the London School of Economics Tuesday morning at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security, PEOPLE confirms. It is the same place where Jolie, as a visiting professor, will start teaching a master’s course in September on the same subject.
Jolie’s lecture focused on women’s rights in the context of refugee camps, and how displacement and statelessness makes women and girls vulnerable to sexual violence and other crimes. The class also discussed the connection between the field and the policy work that is being done by governments, as well as the current state of women’s rights.
“Angelina Jolie spoke to a class of students taking the postgraduate course ‘Women, Peace and Security,’ as part of her role as visiting professor in practice in the Centre for Women, Peace and Security,” a spokesperson for LSE tells PEOPLE. “Miss Jolie spoke about her experience and what has motivated her work as UNHCR special envoy and as co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, and took questions from the class.”
The subject ties into with her work with the initiative, which she helped launch in 2012 with the help of then-British Foreign Office Chair William Hague. The two subsequently opened the Centre for Women, Peace and Security in 2015, with Jolie later signing on to teach a course.
Jolie reunited with Lord Hague Monday morning in London, where she spoke on the fifth anniversary of the initiative at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
“When this kind of violence and abuse happens in peacetime, we are absolutely clear it is a crime that deserves to be punished by law,” Jolie exclusively told PEOPLE about expanding the initiative to focus on bringing perpetrators of sexual violence to justice. “But when it happens in the middle of a conflict, on a mass scale, with such brutal violence, it is treated as something impossible to prevent or somehow justified by the climate of war.”
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Beginning in September and through May 2018, Jolie will teach 9-month course on the matter, focusing on “the ways in which women and gender are understood in relation to, and affected by, regional, national and global peace and security processes in conflict and post-conflict setting,” according to the school’s website.