Angelina Jolie is getting political in ELLE‘s newest problem.
In honor of International Women’s Day (March 8), the actress-turned-director takes a seat with political leader John Kerry for an honest discussion about the state of the country– and the world at big. “I’m very patriotic, as I know you are. For me, it goes hand in hand with being proud of what America stands for. For instance, I’m the only person in my house who was born in America,” states Jolie, who has 6 kids with ex-husband Brad Pitt “It’s only because we are a country based on people of different backgrounds and faiths coming together that I can have this family. My daughters have the freedoms they have because of being American. And we are at our best when we are fighting for others to have the same rights. Particularly other women.”
Jolie, 42, typically speaks to Zahara Jolie-Pitt, 13, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, 11, and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, 9, about her advocacy, in the hope of motivating them to do the same. “I tell my daughters, ‘What sets you apart is what you are willing to do for others. Anyone can put on a dress and makeup. It’s your mind that will define you. Find out who you are, what you think, and what you stand for. And fight for others to have those same freedoms,'” she states. “‘A life of service is worth living.'”
When she was young, Jolie was undoubtedly “anti-politics.” Curious about human rights problems, she started meeting refugees and survivors worldwide, “because I wanted to learn.”
“I also had this romantic idea that I would get my boots on and be a humanitarian. But at a certain point, you realize that’s not enough. You have to find the root of the problem. And that, so often, brings you back to the law and politics. For instance, I kept meeting refugees who were survivors of systematic rape—rape used as a weapon. Yet there were virtually no convictions. It fired me up to start working with governments and lawmakers,” the starlet describes. “When it comes down to it, we still treat violence against women as a lesser crime.”
Jolie, who functions as an unique envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, keeps in mind that in some nations, “sexual violence is less of a taboo discussion, as ” it’s something more individuals anticipate their leaders to act upon.” Despite NATO’s best efforts, ” There is up until now to go.”
Anyone can make a distinction, Jolie states. “You have to identify what will make that change. Find the people in politics you can work with, and hold them to their promises,” the starlet states in the March problem. “The way I see it, even if you are a person who doesn’t want to have to care about international issues, you are still affected,” Jolie includes. “Stepping back is dangerous.”