Actor-turned-director and special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Angelina Jolie, is scheduled to meet with North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg.
The envoy will address issues relating to gender violence and the protection of civilians in conflict with Stoltenberg and with the members of the North Atlantic Council. The activist has spent a large amount of time working in the field to bring key human rights issues to the forefront of the international political dialogue.
Stoltenberg and Jolie have jointly pledged to work together to identify ways NATO can best protection of women in those scenarios.
"We believe NATO is responsible for and the opportunity to be a leading protector of women's rights," Stoltenberg and the actress wrote in an Oct. letter – on which they had collaborated – highlighting existing problems and explaining procedures NATO could follow to protect women in conflict-ridden regions.
They also urged for more unified actions among companies, civil society, governments and political leadership against sexual violence in conflicts.
“Ending gender-based violence is a vital issue for peace and security, as well as for social justice,” the letter stated.
Jolie will reportedly be briefed on the duties of NATO advisers relating to gender issues in Kosovo and Afghanistan. “The focus will be on the protection of civilians, especially with regard to protection against sexual and gender-based violence,” a NATO official disclosed.
Measures to prevent sexual violence, as well as the implementation of protections for women in war zones, is expected to feature prominently among the talks.
Jolie will also meet Vice-General Secretary Rose Gottemoeller and Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security Clare Hutchinson.
The sometimes-director recently met with Syrian refugees and spoke with women who were victims of sexual violence during the civil war. Sexual violence is prohibited in conflict by international law but weaponized regardless.
Jolie is the co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, which aims to raise awareness about the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.