Angelina Jolie remains one of the strongest voices for women worldwide, and she did not hold back in addressing the UN Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial Conference in Vancouver on Tuesday with her keynote speech.
“Sexual violence is everywhere – in the industry where I work, in business, in universities, in politics, in the military, and across the world,” she said during her keynote address on Wednesday. “All too often, these kinds of crimes against women are laughed off, depicted as a minor offense by someone who cannot control themselves, as an illness, or as some kind of exaggerated sexual need,” she continued. “But a man who mistreats women is not oversexed. He is abusive.”
Jolie didn't specifically address the Harvey Weinstein fury, although Angelina has previously told the New York Times that she rejected Mr. Weinstein's unwanted advances in a hotel room in the late 1990s, never again worked with the disgraced producer and warned other women about not working with Weinstein.
In her Vancouver speech, Angelina Jolie cited violence against women -- and specifically the female Rohingya refugees seeking asylum in Bangladesh -- as "a critical obstacle to achieving women's equality and our full human rights."