Angelina Jolie has for years been a major activist for children’s rights. She not only talks the talk, but she walks the walk on this matter. Having adopted 4 kids from orphanages in some of the world’s toughest countries. As part of this crusade that she’s been on for years, she’s recently written a new book titled, Know Your Rights and Claim Them: A Guide for Youth. The book was co-written by Angelina and human rights lawyer Geraldine Van Bueren. The timing of the book’s release is going to coincide with her ongoing court battle with ex Brad Pitt. Is this just a major coincidence?
Angelina Jolie’s Reasons Behind Writing The Book
As we’ve mentioned, Jolie has long been a child rights activist. Long before this was something that was even popular. Her issues with Brad could be set aside. However, Brad’s legal team could take passages from this book to try and point out hypocritical behavior on Angelina’s part. She told Reuters about this new book though,
“So many children are in harm’s way across the world, and we’re simply not doing enough,” Jolie went on to say “These are their rights, decided years ago based on what would make them healthy, balanced, safe, and stable adults.”
Is She Really In A Position To Give Legal Advice?
Her ongoing battle with Brad over the custody of their children could very well be an avenue that’s going to promote the book. Granted, she ultimately wins back custody in court. If she loses custody of the children that certainly could undermine the book quite a bit. Kind of like most people would rather read a book with legal advice from Johnnie Cochran rather than something written by Marsha Clark. The analogy is kind of dark, but you probably get the picture. The legal advice in this book is coming from the lawyer who co-wrote the book, and not Angelina. However, choosing to put it out now with her current legal battle going on seems like poor timing.
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What The Book Aims To Do
The book aims to be a tool for kids across the globe to understand their rights. One of the biggest challenges that the book faces is that the legal systems across the world can vary quite a bit. Both in what the laws of each country dictate on paper, and how they are actually applied. Jolie spoke about these discrepancies between what the laws say and how they are applied or interpreted in reality saying,
“For each country, what is this idea of, you have the right to an education … but then why is it so many children are out of school? Why is it the girls in Afghanistan are being harmed if they go?”
Good Initiative Poor Timing
By all accounts, the idea behind the book is a positive one. Again though Jolie’s own ongoing legal battle could undermine whatever is written in the book. For example, she and Brad have been separated for years, and still can’t come to an agreement on what’s going to happen with the kids. In fact, Brad’s side has been highly critical of the way that Jolie’s team has handled things. Saying,
“Allowing this kind of crafty litigation strategy will deprive parents of irreplaceable time with their children as judges are disqualified for minor reasons in the midst of their cases.”
That’s pretty much the nicest thing that Brad’s team is saying about Angelina’s strategy. The question remains, with her own ongoing legal troubles is she really the person you’d want to sponsor this type of initiative?