Actress/ Philanthropist , Angelina Jolie has opened a rape study centre at the London School of Economics; Europe’s first academic centre devoted to combatting violence/brutality towards women in war zones.
Speaking at the launching which took place yesterday, February 8, 2014 the ‘Salt’ star said, “If you were to ask me who I think this centre is for, I picture someone who is not in this room today. I think of a girl I met in Iraq three weeks ago. She is 13 years old, but instead of going to school, she sits on the floor in a makeshift tent.”
She continued, “Captured by ISIS and repeatedly raped, the vulnerable child may never be able to complete her education, or get married or have a family, because in her society victims of rape are shunned, and considered shameful. “To my mind, what we have begun today at LSE is for that Iraqi girl and others like her.”
The centre will be hosted in the school’s new Institute of Global Affairs and will offer an MSc program in women, peace and security from 2016.
Credit: British Vogue