By Almas Akhtar, TMO
Angelina Jolie is not only a prominent Hollywood movie star, she has dedicated a lot of her time and financial resources to create awareness about problems like genocide, mother/child health care, and illiteracy. Her latest humanitarian project is a school for girls she opened in Afghanistan and plans to fund with profits from retail sales of her Style by Jolie jewelry line.
Many Afghani girls have to sneak out of their homes to attend school, and in most areas there are simply arenâ€™t any schools for girls at all.
In extreme cases schools for girls have been burned down with the teachers threatened or even killed.
Ms Jolie opened the primary school for girls in an area outside Kabul with a large refugee population. It is the second school in Afghanistan funded by Angelina Jolie after one was set up in 2010.
This girls-only primary school has several hundred students already and is in an area just outside of Kabul in a region known for resistance to education for girls.
Angelina Jolie has built a great humanitarian reputation almost as prominent as her movie-star status. Sheâ€™s a UN Goodwill Ambassador. She has just returned from a trip to Congo and Rwanda with the British foreign minister to highlight the horrors inflicted on women and girls by the use of rape as a weapon of war in conflicts around the world.
In the past she has visited many other African countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan to highlight child education and health issues concerning women and children.
She and fiancÃ© Brad Pitt have adopted three children from Africa and Asia.