Angelina Jolie has been busy juggling her many hats in recent months: mom, film director, humanitarian, perfume spokeswoman and actress amongst them. Today she juggled two at a time in Paris. Officially in the country to do an appearance for Guerlain, she also found time to meet with first lady of France, Brigitte Macron. Jolie trekked to the Elysee Palace to speak with Macron about Syrian refugees, who she has been advocating for.
Jolie, who channeled her inner Olivia Pope in a white tailored dress and grey wrap, just returned from Jordan, where she visited children living at the Zaatari Refugee Camp along with her own children Zahara and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt. “[Zahara and Siloh] spent time today speaking and playing with children their own age who have been forced from their homes, whose family members have been killed or have disappeared, and who are struggling with trauma and illness,” Jolie said at a news conference that followed, “but who at the end of the day are just children, with the same hopes and rights as children in any other nation.” Jolie has also been rallying for relief for Syrians that respects their "dignity and human rights.”
Jolie has been vocal about using her platform to advocate for equal human rights over the past few months, as she did this past November when she addressed sexual violence at the United Nations Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial Conference in Vancouver. "We have to ask: How is it, after all these years, all these laws and resolutions and all the horrors endured, women still have to ask for this most basic of all entitlements, the right to a life free from violence?", she said. "Sexual violence is everywhere—in the industry where I work, in business, in universities, in politics, in the military, and across the world."
Plus, this past December, Jolie delivered a speech on recognizing privilege while accepting an award for her humanitarian efforts with refugees at the U.N. Correspondents Association Awards. "I remember many of our field visits and I learned so much from you," she said. "I want to thank and honor the staff who routinely serve under difficult conditions and every kind of danger because they believe in and value every refugee life... I feel a sense of responsibility towards all other people all around the world fighting for the freedoms that we are very lucky to have secured years ago. And for me, this is what it means to be a citizen of the world: seeing yourself in the struggles of others."