Angelina Jolie speaks out on female empowerment

Amy Stevenson

After speaking out against Harvey Weinstein, Angelina Jolie has shared a powerful essay revealing how her many life experiences have "defined" her.

Writing an essay for her latest cover shoot on the 150th anniversary issue of Harper's Bazaar, the 42-year-old also reflects on her relationship with Namibia and how humans are impacting the country's environment and Namibia desert.

"For me, Namibia represents not only ties of family and friendship but also the effort to the balance between humans and the environment so crucial to our future," Ange writes in the magazine, which hits news stands on October 24.

Angelina Jolie has written a powerful essay for Harper's Bazaar. Source: Harper's Bazaar/Alexi Lubomirski

In the accompanying photoshoot Ange poses in the Namibia desert and goes on to explain about the reserve's foundation - the N/a’an ku sê Foundation - which works with the country's San people.

"If my life experience has taught me anything, it is that what you stand for, and what you choose to stand against, is what defines you. As the San people say, 'You are never lost if you can see your path to the horizon.'" she adds recalling a time interacting with a Khoisan-speaking indigenous hunter-gatherer tribe in Namibia.

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The actress appears on the cover of the 150th anniversary issue of the mag. Source: Harper's Bazaar/Alexi Lubomirski
The mother-of-six reflected on how her life experienced defined her. Source: Harper's Bazaar/Alexi Lubomirski

The mother-of-six also writes about female empowerment and how the environment relates to the treatment of women in the world and women's rights.

"Women make up most of the world’s poor... when the environment is damaged - for example when fishing stocks are destroyed, wildlife is killed by poachers, or tropical forests are bulldozed - it deepens their poverty. Women’s education and health are the first things to suffer," she writes for the magazine.

Ange's latest essay comes after she shared her own experience with embattled Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, telling the New York Times in an email she had a "bad experience" with the 65-year-old shortly after the release of Playing by Heart in the 90s, adding she rejected his advances after he invited her to his hotel room.

"I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did. This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable," Ange told the outlet.

Ange also spoke of women's rights and how the environment impacts them. Source: Getty
Ange wrote about her relationship with Namibia. Source: Getty

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