Angelina Jolie, the "godmother" of the Women for Bees program, which intends to educate 50 women in beekeeping over the next five years, as well as establish 2,500 hives in 25 Unesco biosphere reserves and refill 125 million bees, was announced earlier this year.
France, Italy, Russia, Slovenia, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and China are among the nations with Unesco biosphere reserves. Jolie, who has previously served as a Special Envoy for the United Nations Refugee Agency, has revealed her plans to visit Cambodia in 2022 to launch the second phase of the initiative in the Samlout area, where she has a house, according to media sources.
The actress said: "We wanted to make sure there was at least 50 women from 25 biospheres, to understand the biospheres and why it was important to map out and build the team. "We are going to be working further with Unesco to understand how to expand how we are working with some of these countries and biospheres the next training will be in Samlout, in my home in Cambodia."
The 'Salt' star added that she finds it "insane" that a woman's right to education is still being discussed in many parts of the world. She told People magazine: "It's angering, really, isn't it? That we somehow have to keep explaining this - it's their right. "When a young girl is born, she has the right to education, it's her life. The real question is why do we continue to limit that girls' access to education, why do we continue to question it?"
"For anyone, education will help them be more capable, where they can communicate and they can contribute to their family, their community and society." Jolie was announced as the "godmother" of the Women for Bees program in March this year. In a statement at the time, Jolie, who met with the beekeepers in training and tracked their progress, said: "When women gain skills and knowledge their instinct is to help raise others. I'm excited to meet the women taking part in this program from all over the world.
"I look forward to getting to know them and learning about their culture and environment and the role bees play in that. I hope the training will strengthen their independence, their livelihoods, and their communities."