By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
Actress Angelina Jolie has worked hard since 2001 to help survivors of war and natural disasters, serving as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Not only did she win an Oscar for her humanitarian service last year, this past week Jolie was made an honorary knight by the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II.
Because Jolie is not a native of Britain, she can never use the knightly title of Dame in front of her name, whereas three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis (who was also knighted this week) can now call himself Sir Daniel. Other Americans who have earned the rare honor include former president Ronald Reagan, director Steven Spielberg, and Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
Living up to her humanitarian reputation, Jolie co-hosted a summit this week in London with the USA’s Secretary of State John Kerry and the UK’s Foreign Secretary William Hague, to raise awareness about the dangers that women face in regions gripped by war.
Together, they hope to protect vulnerable women, punish the criminals responsible for hurting them, and prevent future harm in conflict zones across the globe. You can expect Jolie to continue speaking in support of refugees this coming week, since World Refugee Day is coming up on June 20.
Featured image courtesy of US Department of State on Flickr. Image of Queen Elizabeth II courtesy of The British Monarchy Facebook.