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“It's vital we broaden the discussion on advancing women’s rights”: Angelina Jolie to teach new course in London

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Angelina Jolie Pitt is set to turn her hand to teaching, after being appointed as a new visiting professor for the London School of Economics.

The award-winning actress, director and humanitarian will be a "professor in practise" on a unique new masters that examines the effect of war on women, described by LSE as the first of its kind in the world.

Jolie Pitt will be joined in her role by three other professors, including William Hague, former Foreign Secretary, Jane Connors, Director of International Advocacy at Amnesty International Geneva, and Madeleine Rees, Secretary General of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

Angelina with her husband, Brad Pitt, on an aid mission in Haiti in 2006

Angelina with her husband, Brad Pitt, on an aid mission in Haiti in 2006

The new course, which comprises an MSc in Women, Peace and Security, will cover topics such as gender, human rights and militarisation. Each student will also examine the important issue of how to prevent sexual violence during conflict.

Speaking on her new role, Jolie Pitt said, "I am very encouraged by the creation of this master's programme.

"It is vital that we broaden the discussion on how to advance women’s rights and end impunity for crimes that disproportionately affect women, such as sexual violence in conflict. I am looking forward to teaching and to learning from the students as well as to sharing my own experiences of working alongside governments and the United Nations."

Angelina visiting refugees in Ecuador in 2010

Angelina visiting refugees in Ecuador in 2010

The issues set to be covered in the masters are ones that are close to Jolie's heart: as a relentless political campaigner she has previously spoken out against female genital mutilation and the use of rape as a war weapon. She is also currently a special envoy for the UN Refugee Agency.

And this is not the first time that Jolie and William Hague will be working together, as the pair initially joined forces in 2012 to help tackle sexual violence in conflict before co-chairing a global summit on the topic in 2014. 

According to LSE, both Jolie and Hague will teach at least once throughout the year-long course, as well as joining workshops and lectures as often as their schedules will allow. None of the professors are being paid for their roles.

Prospective students can apply for the masters this September, with teaching due to start in 2017.

Angelina Jolie Pitt and William Hague at the Global Summit on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict

Angelina Jolie Pitt and William Hague at the Global Summit on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict

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