Thursday, June 12, 2014

Angelina Jolie tells Christiane Amanpour on CNN International what she tells her children about the world, justice, and equality.

Angelina Jolie is speaking out against rape as a weapon of war and opened up to Christiane Amanpour on CNN International (DStv 401) about what she tells her children about the world, justice and equality.

Last night the Hollywood superstar and William Hague, the United Kingdom's foreign secretary, spoke with Christiane Amanpour on Amanpour in a sit-down interview about ending the scourge of rape being used as a weapon of war.

There is currently a four day summit in London about the issue - the largest of its kind yet.

On Amanpour the minister and the movie star said their global efforts to try and end rape as a weapon of war is needed because the world needs to talk about an issue it doesn't want to talk about.

"As we talk about empowering women, we also need to empower men and boys," said Angelina Jolie.

"There are many great husbands and leaders who love and support women. And as a part of the education of young boys they need to feel that they have a duty to protect their sisters and their mothers and their wives and that they see it as a strength," said Angelina Jolie.

Christiane Amanpour asked Angelina Jolie, a United Nations special envoy, what she tells her own children about gender equality and justice in the world.

"I'm very, very open with my children. Some of my children have come from countries that were in conflict with each other. A son who is Cambodian, a son who is Vietnamese. So we have lots of discussions in the house".

"My daughter is African. And we talk about civil rights. And they look at their sister and think of how many years ago how different their relationship to their sister would have been".

Angelina Jolie said she tries to take film roles that depict strong women.

"Even my little girl, showing her Tomb Raider. She sees Spider-Man and and all  these examples of boy things. I can show her that - something I didn't have when I was growing up. It's been fun that in film there's strong women. And also not strong women who's anti-men; strong women who love men and are strong women".