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Angelina Jolie To Teach Course On Ending Violence Against Women In Conflict

The actress will be a visiting professor at the London School of Economics
U.S. actress Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, listens to a question during
U.S. actress Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, listens to a question during a news conference following a visit to the Midyat refugee camp in Mardin, southeastern Turkey, near the Syrian border, Saturday, June 20, 2015. Marking World Refugee Day Jolie visited the camp which is sheltering those who have fled the 4-year conflict in neighbouring Syria. The UN refugee agency has said the number of Syrian refugees seeking its help now tops two-million - and could be far higher. Turkey is the world's biggest refugee host with 1.59 million refugees, according to the most recent U.N. figures. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

LONDON, May 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie is to join the London School of Economics (LSE) as a visiting professor on a new masters course on women, peace and security, the school announced on Monday.

The LSE said the course, which starts next year, is the first of its kind globally and will be run by the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security which was launched last year by Jolie and Britain's former foreign secretary, William Hague.

"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," Jolie, a special envoy for the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR), said in a statement.

"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."

Hague will also be joining LSE as a visiting professor.

The Oscar-winning actress and Hague have become an unlikely double-act on campaigning to end sexual violence against women in conflict.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Angelina Jolie attends a special screening of 'The Land Of Blood And Honey' during the Global Summ
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Angelina Jolie attends a special screening of 'The Land Of Blood And Honey' during the Global Summit to end Sexual Violence in Conflict at ExCel on June 11, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)

The partnership was sparked by Jolie's 2011 directorial debut "In the Land of Blood and Honey" that was set against the backdrop of the 1992-95 Bosnian war in which an estimated 20,000 women were believed to have been raped.

The pair co-founded the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative in 2012 to rally global action on such crimes, increase the numbers of perpetrators brought to justice and ensure better support for survivors.

They co-hosted the first global conference on the issue in London in 2014.

Hague said the new course would help underpin their work by developing research to help tackle the culture of impunity.

(Editing by Belinda Goldsmith; Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, which covers humanitarian news, women's rights, trafficking, corruption and climate change. Visit news.trust.org to see more stories.)

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