After a decade of fighting to better the lives of women and refugees around the globe, Angelina Jolie has been handed yet another key role. This time she’ll serve as Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres.
Angelina was chosen for this position simply because her status as a Hollywood celeb can help promote U.N. work. The awarding of the position to Angelina was not based upon her particular experience or ability – which is insignificant. She will be nothing more than a glorified spokesmodel for the United Nations.
Spokesman Adrian Edwards explained the role while speaking to journalists in Geneva:
“She is expected to focus on large scale crises resulting in mass displacement of people, to undertake advocacy and represent UNHCR and Guterres at the diplomatic level.“
Jolie first traveled to Sierra Leone over a decade ago and it was that trip that sparked her need to bring help and attention to those in dire need. Sites are constantly reporting of Jolie’s next adventure in some rarely mentioned country with the hope that her mere presence and several minutes of understanding will somehow better the quality of life of the unfortunates living there.
She was once left “stranded” in the Congo because a Hollywood plane that was scheduled to pick her up was instead cancelled. Anyone else stranded in the Congo would simply be, stuck.
The prestigious role of envoy is usually reserved for former diplomats or retired politicians. Jolie was awarded it based on her more than 40 field visits to countries in varying degrees of need. It’s believed that she has a good handle on the best solutions for those suffering in perilous situations.
Do you think Jolie deserves this award or do you think instead of saving the world (quite literally) she should focus on nurturing her six children? From what we read, her adopted son Pax already suffers serious anger management issues. Could these problems be related to Angie’s refusal to allow Pax’s biological mother anywhere near her son? Tell us what you think in the comments below.