Angelina Jolie will help ’empower’ young people and teach them about protesting rights in a new book with Amnesty International
Angelina Jolie has collaborated with Amnesty International on a new book that will help young people know their rights when protesting against injustice.
The UNHCR Special Envoy, 45, is keen to help ’empower’ those who are trying to make a change in the world, whether that be by protesting on the streets or within their community, with the book Know Your Rights (And Claim Them).
It was revealed on Wednesday that the book, which has been acquired by Anderson Press, will help children up until the age of 18 counter misinformation and let them know how to stop their rights from being violated.
Exciting: Angelina Jolie is set to help ’empower’ young people and teach them about their rights when they are protesting in a new book, it was revealed on Tuesday
Angelina decided to work with the charity and Geraldine Van Bueren QC after they noticed how many young people have taken to the streets to protest about the environment, Black Lives Matter, or other issues, without knowing their rights.
Speaking about the collaboration, Angelina said: ‘Today we have youth engaged and ready to fight.
‘But many struggle with misinformation from adults, a lack of awareness of their rights, and a lack of knowledge of how to use the specifics of their rights, applying them to the country and circumstances in which they live.
Important: Angelina has collaborated with Amnesty International and Geraldine Van Bueren QC on the book, which details the history of child rights and why it’s important to know them
‘We need to give them the tools to strengthen their fight and empower them. Amnesty, Geraldine and I hope to get these books into the hands of young people, and for them to be a guide that they can carry with them and use.
‘Not just to inform them, but to activate them and serve as a source of reference where needed.’
The actress has written an introduction to the book which details the history of child rights and why it’s important to know them, before going into the ones that young people need to be aware of and how to apply them to their daily lives.
It’ll focus on topics such as free speech, gender and racial equality, and health, as well as a clean climate and a sustainable environment
Not only will it act as a helpful tool for young people, Angelina and her collaborators hope it will also be a source of inspiration for those reading it.
The book has been written by Amnesty International with Angelina and Geraldine serving as consultants, Geraldine worked on the 1989 UN Convention On The Rights Of The Child.
As well as the main book, Geraldine will also make a shorter version known as A Pocket Book Of Rights in Spring 2022, which they hope will act as a ‘passport’ to young people about their rights.
Know Your Rights (And Claim Them) is set to be released in September 2021.
For a good cause: Angelina said she wanted to work on the book because she feels ‘we need to give them the tools to strengthen their fight and empower them’