Beginning this fall, Angelina Jolie will deliver lectures to students, take part in expert workshops and participate in public events that are part of the one-year masters program.
“I am very encouraged by the creation of this master’s program. 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,” Jolie Pitt said in a statement.
She continued: “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.”
The 40-year-old actress was, in 2012, appointed Special Envoy for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, according to the organization’s website. In her role there, she acts as an advocate for populations displaced by major crises.
The program’s mission has common attributes to her work at the U.N., which is to teach students “strategies to promote justice, human rights and participation for women in conflict-affected situations around the world.”
The Oscar-winning actress will be joined by Jane Connors, Director of International Advocacy at Amnesty International Geneva, Lord William Hague, former U.K. Foreign Secretary, and Madeleine Rees, Secretary General of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.