Angelina Jolie Steps Down From Role At The United Nations

Ashabi Azeez
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American actress Angelina Jolie recently uploaded a throwback picture. The picture was accompanied by a heartfelt message. The actress announced she has stepped down from her role as a special envoy for the United Nations refugees agency.

Jolie Steps Down From Role At The United Nations 

The news of Jolie stepping down was shared by the actress on Instagram on December 16th. The actress shared a throwback picture with her 14.1 million fans. The photo showed the Salt actress performing her role as a refugee envoy for the United Nations. The image showed Jolie posing alongside a small boy.

With the image, the actress shared she was stepping down from her role at the U.N. refugee agency. The 47-year-old actress has been working with the U.N. for over two decades. However, Jolie shared she wanted to work more closely with the people who were directly affected. 

She Penned A Heartfelt Message To Her Followers

The Maleficent actress took to Instagram to share a heartfelt message with the throwback photo. The actress announced she was stepping down after working for the UN Refugee Agency for over 20 years. Jolie added she believes in all they do and the way the UN saves people's lives through emergency relief.

The Wanted actress continued that the UNHCR has amazing people who make a difference in people's lives daily. Jolie also wrote she has great admiration for refugees. Hence, she was dedicating her life to working with them. The actress also revealed henceforth, she will work with those who were directly affected by conflicts. Jolie believes doing this gives them a greater voice.  

UNHCR And Jolie Released A Joint Statement 

Jolie and the United Nations refugees agency later released a joint statement that same day. The UN wrote that the actress will still work. She will not engage in bigger humanitarian and human rights issues. The Challenging actress started working with the U.N. Refugee agency in 2001. In 2012, Jolie was appointed the special envoy. She was also among the organization's ambassadors most high-profile.

The U.N. also shared that Jolie carried out over 60 field missions. This was to bear witness to stories of hope, resilience, and suffering. Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees revealed she supports Jolie's decision. 

Inside Her Involvement In Other Advocacies

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Last month, an opinion piece was published by The Guardian. In the piece, Jolie expressed her frustration with the absence of global advancement in ending sexual violence in conflict. The actress also shared a post on Thursday that showed her advocating for crime victim legislation. Jolie also revealed she went to discuss the topic with politicians in Washington DC along with her daughter, Zahara, 17.

In the picture, Jolie and her daughter discuss with Patrick Leahy the President pro Tempore of the U.N. Senate. In the caption, the actress offered five main points. They included giving 'crime survivors the right to their evidence' and reports. Also, 'ending the rape kit backlog.'