Passionate humanitarian and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie looked radiant in white at the British government’s Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI) Film Festival on Friday.
Dressed in an elegant asymmetrical dress by fashion house Ralph and Russo, Jolie shared insights with filmmakers and British leaders at the festival which aimed to raise awareness of the discrimination experienced by victims of sexual violence.
"I want to thank the British Government for hosting this festival and for recognising the power of storytelling as a tool to enhance empathy and understanding," Jolie said, opening the well-attended event.
“I welcome what it says, that the Foreign Office is supporting art and artists, putting the issue of sexual violence in conflict forward as an urgent international issue, allowing the voices of that set the agenda to be those of the survivors themselves.”
Jolie was joined by Prince Harry and Prince William’s aunt Sophie, the ever-stylish Countess of Wessex, at the Festival’s reception, in a moment that was captured on the Royal Family’s Instagram page.
“On Friday The Countess of Wessex met UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie at the PSVI Film Festival - Fighting Stigma through Film reception at the British Film Institute,” the @kensingtonroyal post read, continuing:
“The PSVI Film Festival aims to raise awareness of this crime and encourage commitments to further action. It is also providing an opportunity for young filmmakers from conflict-affected and Commonwealth countries to fight stigma.”
Jolie’s unwavering commitment to the promotion of humanitarian causes, even in the face of her own personal struggles, is commendable. Just earlier this month, the mother of six formally called for the urgent establishment of a ceasefire in Yemen to settle the ongoing conflict in the region.
“When conflict develops to this extent, many people have no choice but to flee if they are to have any chance of survival. Without a global response based on international law and collective responsibility, we risk much greater instability and insecurity over the long term, which would have a negative impact on all countries,” she said in a statement released by the United Nations Refugee Agency on 4 November 2018.