Angelina Jolie Pitt has arrived in Myanmar for her first visit to the country according to a press release on 29 July.
She will carry out engagements in her capacity as Co-Founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, and as UNHCR Special Envoy and will carry out field visits to displaced people in Myanmar’s conflict-affected states.
She will also meet local people who are working on human rights and inter-faith relations, and groups carrying out projects to promote women’s rights, voter education and participation ahead of the forthcoming elections. She will also meet the President and members of the government.
Angelina Jolie Pitt said, I am looking forward to meeting with many people including women’s groups, civil society, displaced people and youth, to learn first-hand from them about their concerns and hopes for the future of their country. With elections on the horizon in November it is an important moment for people to exercise their democratic rights and help to address the fundamental issues critical to a peaceful future.
She arrived in Burma from Cambodia, where she was visiting health, education and conservation projects funded by the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation, and also while beginning preparations to direct the film ‘First They Killed My Father’ based on a child’s experience of the years of turmoil in the country.