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Great Persuasive Speech, 2013: Angelina Jolie

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I get asked all the time, “Who are the most powerful female communicators?” Sadly, it’s a short list. Not many women have a broad platform (let’s change that, ladies!). Sheryl Sandberg is rocking it in the business space, and I think Angelina Jolie has it nailed in the humanitarian space. She gets little visibility for her work. In fact, when I mentioned to a few people that I felt she should be awarded Communicator of the Year for 2013, their disbelief shocked me.

Jolie has spent over a decade advocating for refugees and victims of war. It’s not a gratuitous PR stunt for her, it’s her passion and meaningful hard work.

I wanted to share the full transcript of the speech she gave to the UN Security Council requesting that they make rape an international crime. After this speech, the Council unanimously passed the resolution.

Warning: The following transcript contains graphic descriptions of sexual violence.

What is What could be

Mr. President, Secretary General, Foreign Ministers; it is an honour to address this Council; and I thank Foreign Secretary Hague for the United Kingdom’s leadership.

The Security Council was established 67 years ago, and has witnessed 67 years of wars and conflict.

But the Security Council has yet to take up warzone rape as a serious priority.
Hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of women, children and men have been raped in conflicts in our lifetimes.

The numbers are so vast, and the subject so painful that we have to stop to   remember that…

…behind each number is someone with a name, a personality, a story, and dreams no different from ours and those of our children.
Let us be clear what we are speaking of:

Young girls raped and impregnated before their bodies are able to carry a child,   causing fistula.

Boys held at gunpoint and forced to sexually assault their mothers and sisters.

Women raped with bottles, wood branches and knives to cause as much damage as possible.

Toddlers and even babies dragged from their homes, and violated.

I will never forget the survivors that I have met, or what they told me:

The mother in Goma whose five year old daughter had been raped right outside a   police station; in plain view.

Or the woman who I met Syria last week, who asked I hide her name and face;   because she knew if she spoke out about the crimes committed against her, she   would be attacked again – and possibly killed.

Rape is a tool of war. It is an act of aggression, and a crime against humanity.

It is inflicted intentionally to destroy the woman, the family and the community.

It ruins lives and fuels conflict.

The United Nations Charter is clear:You, the Security Council, have “primary responsibility for the maintenance of   international peace and security”.
Rape as a weapon of war is an assault on security.And the world in which these crimes happens is one in which there is not and never will be peace.
Addressing warzone sexual violence is therefore your responsibility, as well as the duty of governments in countries afflicted by it.
The fact is that in many conflict situations there is no government to take   responsibility. So there is no protection and no accountability.
When governments cannot act, the UN Security Council must step in to provide   leadership and assistance.

For these crimes happen not because they are inherent to war, but because the   global climate allows it.That five year old girl was raped because her attacker knew he would get away with it.

And because the world has not treated this as a priority, there have only been a   handful of prosecutions for hundreds of thousands of survivors.

They suffer most at the hands of their rapists, but they are also victims of this   culture of impunity.

That is the sad, upsetting and indeed shameful reality.

I understand that there are many things that are difficult for the UN Security   Council to agree on.But sexual violence in conflict should not be one of them.

That it is a crime to rape young children is not something I imagine anyone in this room would not be able to agree on.

The rights and wrongs of this issue are straightforward; and the actions that need to be taken have been identified.

What is needed is political will, and that is what is being asked of your countries today:

To act on the knowledge of what is right and what is unjust; and to show the   determination to do something about it.

Every country in the world is affected by sexual violence in one form or another,   from domestic abuse to female genital mutilation.

So all countries have a responsibility to step forward.But the starting point must be you, the UN Security Council, shouldering your   responsibilities and showing leadership.

To women in refugee camps, or those struggling to survive in war-torn   communities, there is no greater power in the world that can stand by them.

That young Syrian rape victim is here, because you represent her.

That five year old child in the Congo must count, because you represent her.

And in her eyes, if her attacker gets away with his crimes, it is because you   have allowed it.

You set the bar. If the United Nations Security Council sets rape and sexual   violence in conflict as a priority it will become one and progress will be made.

If you do not, this horror will continue.
I thank and encourage those countries that are already setting a powerful   example.My plea to all of you is to adopt and implement the Resolution before you; So that perpetrators are finally held to account, and survivors can at last feel safer on the ground.

And please, do not let this issue fall when you leave this chamber: Meet your   commitments, debate this issue in your parliaments, mobilise people in your   countries, and build it into all your foreign policy efforts; so that together you can turn the tide of global opinion, shatter impunity and finally put an end this abhorrence.

Thank you.

I am so impressed with Jolie’s ability to persuade.  She uses contrast perfectly. She articulated not only What Is (the graphic nature of the crimes) but contrast that with her plea for placing the burden of What Could Be on the council to change the future of millions of victims.

 

(Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore)

Nancy Duarte

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  • James Devine Junior

    Nancy well done. Power to your elbow and creative brilliance. I
    love the piece on Angelina Jolie, you presented it showing your craft very
    well, thank you. The speech by Angelina filled me with tears; she tugged on my
    heart strings and those strings that evoke rage within. I live in Nigeria, a
    powder keg of a nation, and have travelled most of my career. I have witnessed violence,
    death, poverty and deprivation, lack of communal love, greed, intolerance and
    all round indifference. I had assumed man at his worst. I thank God through all
    of my experiences that I never had to experience any of the atrocities she
    describes. Without the Grace of God, as a people we are more barbaric and
    violent than the most ferocious creature.

    Thankfully the Grace of God is active in the world and there are many people who find such actions Angelina describes, as an abomination. Turning of a blind eye has gone on far too long. Let us not
    leave it with the few, let the majority spread the word, rise to the challenge
    of eradicating such terror.

    So in closing I thank you once again for stirring the emotions in me. I do not wish to sink back into complacency.Nancy how can I help? How can I reach out and assist? How does one let the likes
    of Angelina know we care and have listened to her?

  • James Devine Junior

    Nancy well done. Power to your elbow and creative brilliance. I
    love the piece on Angelina Jolie, you presented it showing your craft very
    well, thank you. The speech by Angelina filled me with tears; she tugged on my
    heart strings and those strings that evoke rage within. I live in Nigeria, a
    powder keg of a nation, and have travelled most of my career. I have witnessed violence,
    death, poverty and deprivation, lack of communal love, greed, intolerance and
    all round indifference. I had assumed man at his worst. I thank God through all
    of my experiences that I never had to experience any of the atrocities she
    describes. Without the Grace of God, as a people we are more barbaric and
    violent than the most ferocious creature.

    Thankfully the Grace of God is active in the world and there are many people who find such actions Angelina describes, as an abomination. Turning of a blind eye has gone on far too long. Let us not
    leave it with the few, let the majority spread the word, rise to the challenge
    of eradicating such terror.

    So in closing I thank you once again for stirring the emotions in me. I do not wish to sink back into complacency.Nancy how can I help? How can I reach out and assist? How does one let the likes
    of Angelina know we care and have listened to her?

  • Jerry Carney

    It took some searching around but I located a link to the talk live. Perhaps some others would be interested. http://webtv.un.org/search/angelina-jolie-women-and-peace-and-security-security-council-6984th-meeting/2503595041001?term=angelina%20jolie

  • Jerry Carney

    It took some searching around but I located a link to the talk live. Perhaps some others would be interested. http://webtv.un.org/search/angelina-jolie-women-and-peace-and-security-security-council-6984th-meeting/2503595041001?term=angelina%20jolie

  • Toda violencia de género es la consecuencia del desprecio de la Vida Humana. Desde el momento en que se puede asesinar impunemente a un niño indefenso en el vientre de su madre…. toda la legislación carece de base para cortar el abuso de un sicario sobre su víctima.

  • Toda violencia de género es la consecuencia del desprecio de la Vida Humana. Desde el momento en que se puede asesinar impunemente a un niño indefenso en el vientre de su madre…. toda la legislación carece de base para cortar el abuso de un sicario sobre su víctima.

  • Love the what it is/what it could be analysis. I’m an official fangirl of your work now. Off to change the world with your ideas in 5-4-3….

  • Love the what it is/what it could be analysis. I’m an official fangirl of your work now. Off to change the world with your ideas in 5-4-3….

  • Nancy….why don’t they teach your methodology in schools? There are young people right this moment who could change the world learning to communicate using your methodology….

    • You’re so sweet Shola. We’re starting to work with universities and are also trying to make some lesson plans for elementary school too.

      • Thanks Nancy. I was being actually being quite literal. I would love to have you speak at my former alma mater (Swarthmore College) were I’m an active member of the alumni community. I will email later with something more concrete. Better to gather facts then send them your way. Any ideas? Feel free to contact at sabidoyeATalum.swarthmore.edu
        http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/swarthmore-college-3370

      • Rafic Sinno

        HI Nancy,
        I reference your materials in my business communication class and receive great feedback from my students. I would love to further incorporate your methodology into our hands-on lectures. How may I find out more about Duarte’s work with higher education institutions? Thank you for your time and inspirational work.
        Best, Rafic.

        • Scott Stiefvater

          Hi Shola and Rafic. I’m a workshop Facilitator for the Duarte Academy. We have delivered workshops for higher ed faculty and are about to do so for students. We are passionate about education! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions: scott@duarte.com

  • Nancy….why don’t they teach your methodology in schools? There are young people right this moment who could change the world learning to communicate using your methodology….

    • You’re so sweet Shola. We’re starting to work with universities and are also trying to make some lesson plans for elementary school too.

      • Thanks Nancy. I was being actually being quite literal. I would love to have you speak at my former alma mater (Swarthmore College) were I’m an active member of the alumni community. I will email later with something more concrete. Better to gather facts then send them your way. Any ideas? Feel free to contact at sabidoyeATalum.swarthmore.edu
        http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/swarthmore-college-3370

      • Rafic Sinno

        HI Nancy,
        I reference your materials in my business communication class and receive great feedback from my students. I would love to further incorporate your methodology into our hands-on lectures. How may I find out more about Duarte’s work with higher education institutions? Thank you for your time and inspirational work.
        Best, Rafic.

        • Scott Stiefvater

          Hi Shola and Rafic. I’m a workshop Facilitator for the Duarte Academy. We have delivered workshops for higher ed faculty and are about to do so for students. We are passionate about education! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions: scott@duarte.com

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