Angelina Jolie Speaks Candidly On World Refugee Day As New TIME Contributing Editor

Activist actor Angelina Jolie is now a monthly contributing editor at TIME magazine.

Editor-in-chief and CEO Edward Felsenthal announced that Jolie’s essays will focus on topics related to human rights and displacement, issues front-of-mind for the humanitarian who has worked with the UN Refugee Agency for 18 years.

Jolie’s seven-years as Special Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has put the world’s humanitarian crises front and center in online media. She has carried out more than 60 field missions to countries including Colombia, Peru and Bangladesh, the magazine said in its statement.

Jolie first official piece was published to coincide with World Refugee Day, June 20, with the title Angelina Jolie: What We Owe Refugees. She argues: "Under international law it is not an option to assist refugees, it is an obligation," she writes. "It is perfectly possible to ensure strong border control and fair, humane immigration policies while meeting our responsibility to help refugees."

On April 10, 2019 the actor, who returns to the big screen in October 2019, playing the villain in Maleficient2: Mistress of Evil with fellow actors Elle Fanning and Michelle Pfeiffer, wrote her first unofficial TIME essay Angelina Jolie: Why Women Are the Key to Lasting Peace in Afghanistan.

Anne of Carversville had a birthday this week, 12 years old on June 17. AOC came to life seemingly out of nowhere, inspired by my reading our founding muse Angelina Jolie’s Esquire interview. Her thoughts marked a turning point in my life: Smart Sensuality Angelina Jolie: Virtue Considered in Carversville's Country Air.

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Angelina Jolie Launching BBC Weekly TV Program For Kids | Activist Doesn't Rule Out Politics

Angelina Jolie with children Pax, Knox, Shiloh, Zahara

Angelina Jolie with children Pax, Knox, Shiloh, Zahara

In a Friday interview with the BBC’s Today program where she was guest editor, actor, supermom, philanthropist and activist Angelina Jolie hinted about a possible move into politics. Jolie, who is a special envoy to the UN Refugee Agency, is urgently and actively involved in a range of issues including refugees, sexual violence and conservation.

Jolie was interviewed by Justin Webb on multiple topics including US politics, social media, sexual violence and the global refugee crisis.

When asked whether she would consider getting involved in politics, she said: "If you asked me 20 years ago, I would've laughed... I always say I'll go where I'm needed, 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".

"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."

The humanitarian activist did rule out joining the list of 30 to 40 Democrats currently considering a presidential run in the 2020 election. Jolie is working with the BBC on a new weekly children’s program ‘Our World’ scheduled to pilot in 2019.

She will serve as executive producer on the show, aimed at seven to 12-year-olds, which hopes to engage children with international news, focusing on subjects like tech, the environment and social media.

"As a mother, I'm so happy I will be able to sit and watch with my children and know they're getting a real international sense of the world," she said.

Angelina Jolie & John Kerry Talk Women's Rights & Environmental Action In ELLE US March 2018

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Superstar Angelina Jolie sits down with former US secretary of state John Kerry to talk March 8, International Women's Day in the March 2018 issue of ELLE US. In truth, they spend as much time talking environmental issues as women's rights, although the two intersect in so many ways. As guest editor of the March 2018 issue of Vogue Australia, Emma Watson makes the same point: women suffer more than men as a result of climate change.

At age 42, Angelina Jolie has devoted herself to shedding light on women’s rights and violence against women around the world. Jolie serves as a goodwill ambassador and special envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, where she’s completed nearly 60 field missions, including visits to Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq. As cofounder of the British government’s Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, Jolie's met with rape survivors in Rwanda and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Days before her ELLE shoot, the Guardian published Jolie’s call to action against gender-based violence, co-authored with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Despite all her advocacy, Jolie confesses she’s always been reticent when it comes to politics. Still, she recognizes that political action can sometimes offer a more direct route to changing things for the better.

In a week where the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High are launching the #NeverAgain movement against gun violence, after 14 students and 3 teachers were mowed down by "a scrawny misfit named Nikolas Cruz", Jolie's closing ELLE interview remarks about what it means to be a girl resonate. 

 “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. A life of service is worth living.”