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Angelina Jolie Shares a Heartbreaking Letter Sent to Her by a Young Woman in Afghanistan

Angelina Jolie Shares a Heartbreaking Letter Sent to Her by a Young Woman in Afghanistan

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For years now, Angelina Jolie has been known for her passion for human rights activism, especially regarding women’s rights. In light of the recent occupation of Afghanistan under the Taliban, the actor has taken it upon herself to create awareness for women who have been stripped of their basic rights of living. 
Yesterday, Jolie shared the street art and fashion work of two Afghan women on her Instagram, stating, “In honor of #Afghanwomen and their struggle for equality and dignity and freedom, I’m sharing, with their permission, the work of two amazing female Afghan artists whose work I love, Shamsia Hassani and Rada Akbar.” The Instagram post featured eight slides—four dedicated to street art by Shamsia Hassani, and four highlighting tailored dresses by Rada Akbar. The works seem to speak volumes about the Afghan woman’s struggle with the symbolism of imprisonment and lack of freedom. 

Acting as a voice for Afghan women, Angelina Jolie also shared a post on Instagram that featured excerpts from a letter that was sent to her by a woman who is currently in the midst of the storm, unable to speak up, protest, or step outside. “A young woman in #Afghanistan sent me this letter. I’m protecting her identity, but she hasn’t been able to go back to school since the Taliban seized power,” Jolie wrote in the caption of the post.
“I feel like women don’t have any right to speak or put their word forward,” the heart-wrenching note read. “The rights of the woman are taken away from them and they are not allowed to do anything in the country. Few weeks back when the Taliban arrested 2 of the women who raised their voices in order to ask for the rights of woman and freedom, I just thought, that this is the end and I might never be able to go outside again or even be able to speak as I am a Girl.”

Angelina Jolie’s post has already received thousands of likes and shares, proving the importance of using one’s platform to spotlight global issues. One of the most common responses the star’s posts have received is of gratitude, with fans thanking her for using her voice to help others.
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Speak Out on the “Fragile” State of the World

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Speak Out on the “Fragile” State of the World

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released a statement on the current state of the world, pledging to do all they can to help. The couple took to the website for their foundation, Archewell, to pen a touching note on the devastation following a massive earthquake in Haiti, the political developments in Afghanistan, and the global spread of the Covid-19 delta variant.
“The world is exceptionally fragile right now. As we all feel the many layers of pain due to the situation in Afghanistan, we are left speechless. As we all watch the growing humanitarian disaster in Haiti, and the threat of it worsening after last weekend’s earthquake, we are left heartbroken. And as we all witness the continuing global health crisis, exacerbated by new variants and constant misinformation, we are left scared,” their statement read.
They added, “When any person or community suffers, a piece of each of us does so with them, whether we realize it or not. And though we are not meant to live in a state of suffering, we, as a people, are being conditioned to accept it. It’s easy to find ourselves feeling powerless, but we can put our values into action—together. To start, we encourage you to join us in supporting a number of organizations doing critical work.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry encouraged their followers to support organizations in need and urged leaders to speak out on these issues at the right opportunity. “We also urge those in positions of global influence to rapidly advance the humanitarian dialogues that are expected to take place this fall at multilateral gatherings such as the U.N. General Assembly and the G20 Leaders’ Summit. As an international community, it is the decisions we make now—to alleviate suffering among those we know and those we may never meet—that will prove our humanity,” they urged.

Below the couple’s message, Archewell also shared a number of organizations including World Central Kitchen, Women for Afghan Women, Afghanaid, Mercy Corps, and the Invictus Games Foundation, as charities to support during this time, as well as a number of mental health outlets for anyone who may be struggling amid the surplus of negative world news. “We recognize that many of you may feel helpless right now as you watch the state of the world spin rapidly,” a note from the Archewell team read alongside the list of resources. “It can feel disorienting and defeating, but we have faith in the power of shared purpose, action, and commitment to our collective well-being,” it added.
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