Angelina Jolie received one of the highest honors in the U.K. Friday morning when Queen Elizabeth II made her an honorary dame in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. The Maleficent actress was given the title for her work to end war zone sexual violence and for her services to U.K. foreign policy.
Angelina is the co-founder of Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, which was launched in the U.K. two years ago in an attempt to prevent sexual violence in times of conflict, either amongst soldiers or in violent acts against civilians. The award was announced in June while she was co-chairing a global summit on the issue in London. “To receive an honor related to foreign policy means a great deal to me, as it is what I wish to dedicate my working life to,” Angelina said. “Working on PVSI and with survivors of rape is an honor in itself. I know that succeeding in our goals will take a lifetime, and I am dedicated to it for all of mine.”
Her tireless work to raise awareness about the problem of sexual violence has translated to her work on screen. In an interview with BBC’s Woman Hour, the actress confirmed that the memorable scene in Maleficent where her character was drugged and her wings cut off was intended to closely resemble the horrifying experience of date rape. “We were very conscious, the writer [Linda Woolverton] and I, that it was a metaphor for rape,” Angelina admitted. ~Kelly Townsend