The actress gave her first lecture as a visiting professor at the London School of Economics on Tuesday at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security.
She will begin teaching a master’s course in September, which is run by the Centre for Women, Peace and Security. It was launched last year by Jolie and former Foreign Secretary William Hague.
The initiative was set-up with a “focus on the participation of women in conflict-related processes and on enhancing accountability and ending impunity for rape and sexual violence in war.”
Before the lesson, Jolie told the Evening Standard she was “feeling butterflies” as “this is very important to me”.
LSE said she Jolie spoke about what motivated her as UN special envoy.
Student Tazeen Dhanani tweeted, saying:
“She’ll make an amazing visiting professor. So honoured to hear her inaugural lecture at LSE on sexual violence, rape, working with refugees.”
Professor Christine Chinkin, director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security, said about Jolie:
“I am delighted that LSE postgraduate students have had the unique opportunity to learn directly from the valuable insights, perspectives and experiences that Angelina Jolie, UN special envoy and visiting professor in practice, brought to the class.”
Jolie spoke about being proud of her initiatives achievements, but reiterated the importance of taking the next steps “we are very focused on the next steps: taking the tools that have been developed into the field to help document crimes and support prosecutions, working with militaries to change doctrine and training, and pushing for the implementation of laws to protect the very vulnerable victims”.
The actor serves as a special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She has also long campaigned for women’s rights. This includes her directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey, which depicted a love story against a backdrop of the Bosnian war.