*This post of mine was also published on The Huffington Post.*
What I love more than smart women is smart women working together for a good cause, especially one that demonstrates women’s rights are human rights, and this week was the perfect example of what I am talking about. Amal Alamuddin, international human rights lawyer representing UNICEF, oh & George Clooney’s fiancé, attended the Jolie co-sponsored Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, the largest gathering ever brought together on the issue “with a view to creating irreversible momentum against sexual violence in conflict and practical action that impacts those on the ground.”
It is so important for women to have role models like this, to see women doing really excellent work for human rights. Women need to see more of this so we can be more of this: independent female powerhouses working together.
One a side-note, women like Angelina and Amal also totally shatter the “Princeton Mom” nonsense that women should relegate their hard work to “catching a man” in college. Not that we needed that ‘theory’ to be disproved, it is still great to see it destroyed.
Eradicating rape as a weapon of war, prosecuting gender-based violence sounds like an impossible task. But when I see brains like Angelina Jolie spearheading the initiative with women like Amal, I suddenly grow optimistic about ending sexual violence in conflict.
*This post of mine was also published on The Huffington Post.