LONDON, May 24, (APP): Angelina Jolie to deliver lectures on women in London University
Jolie was named as one of four new "visiting professors in practice" who will contribute to a new master's programme on "women, peace and security".
"I am very encouraged by the creation of this master's programme," Jolie said in a statement.
"I hope other academic institutions will follow this example, as 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."
Also appointed was British former foreign minister William Hague, with whom Jolie co-founded the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative in 2010.
Visiting professors give guest lectures, and participate in workshops and public events as well as their own work, LSE said.
Jolie said she was 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."
The Oscar-winning actress, who is married to actor Brad Pitt and has six children, has starred in films such as "Maleficent", "Salt" and "Wanted" as well as directing her own work, including "By the Sea" and "Unbroken".
She has combined her work in film with advocacy, acting as a goodwill ambassador for the UN refugee agency UNHCR since 2001 before becoming a special envoy, travelling to meet with displaced people in camps in Greece and Lebanon.