August 18, 2016

UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie urges youths to ensure voting rights

United Nations Special Envoy Angelina Jolie arrives YMCA building to visit the She Leads voter education project.—mna
United Nations Special Envoy Angelina Jolie arrives YMCA building to visit the She Leads voter education project.—mna

United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie on Friday encouraged young people, especially women, to check voter lists and ensure they are properly enrolled ahead of the 8 November general election.
“The elections in November are an extremely important moment for this country,” Ms Jolie told the youths during her visit to the She Leads voter education project in Yangon, according to a press release from the British Embassy in Yangon.
“Today I met inspiring young women preparing to vote for the first time, who have educated themselves about the process and come together to share that knowledge with others at this critical time,” she added.
The She Leads programme, implemented by legal study group Yaung Chi Thit, with the support of the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES), has been designed to help address the underrepresentation of women in political and decision-making processes at all levels.
The Oscar-winning actress and the co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative visited Myitkyina, Kachin State, and met with survivors of sexual violence, including a young woman from a camp for displaced people who endured 10 years of abuse.
Speaking with INGOs and survivors of sexual violence, Ms Jolie underlined the vulnerability of women and girls living in protracted conflict situations to sexual violence, trafficking and other human rights violations.
She also highlighted an urgent need for more medical assistance and legal and psychosocial support for survivors, and for a strong legal framework to ensure all perpetrators of sexual violence are held accountable.
Ms Jolie also met with 12 people from the Inter-faith group in Yangon.

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