Angelina Jolie is on a mission to empower children around the world
with a new book she has written with Amnesty International
ACTOR AND ACTIVIST, ANGELINA JOLIE: "So many children are in harm’s way across the world and we're simply not doing enough. So, we need to stop and ask not what little, do we allow them a school? Do we build them a little school? Do we encourage them to speak out? No, we need to stop and say this is not for us to give.”
Jolie wrote the book “Know Your Rights and Claim Them”
with human rights lawyer Geraldine Van Bueren
JOLIE: “These are their rights decided years ago based on what would make them healthy, balanced adults, safe and stable adults. (flash) So, this book is to help the kids have a tool book to say these are your rights. These are things you need to question to see how far you, depending on your country and circumstance, are from accessing those rights. What are your obstacles, others that came before you and fought, ways you can fight. So, it's a handbook to fight back."
The book addresses identity, justice, education
and protection from harm, among other issues
It also provides guidance on becoming an activist
JOLIE: "So for each country, what is it this idea of you have the right to an education? Well, all right. But then why is it so many children are out of school? Why is it the girls in Afghanistan are being harmed if they go? Why, why are people making their girls marry off and denying them that? What is happening?"
As a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Jolie hopes the book will remind governments of their commitment to the global treaty
enshrining children’s civil, social, political and economic rights