LONDON: Angelina Jolie has called for more progress and support for women and she wants to change the laws that ‘’treat women as second-class citizens’’. The ‘Maleficent’ star – who is a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – wants to change the laws that ‘’treat women as second-class citizens’’.
She said: ‘’There is now a lot more awareness and discussion and many more countries have made commitments. For example, 156 countries have pledged not to include amnesties for rape when they are negotiating peace agreements.
It is hard to believe, but peace treaties routinely grant immunity to people who’ve carried out the most disgusting violent crimes against civilians. So we have to make sure all those countries live up to that commitment.‘’If you look across the world there are far too many women and girls who are not only not seeing progress, their rights are slipping away from them. We have to change laws that treat women as second-class citizens.
But we also have to enforce them. So one of the things we are putting forward now is a proposal for a permanent international body to investigate war crimes, including mass rape and other sexual and gender-based violence.’’