Charlize Theron | Ambassador for Peace
Charlize Theron was born in South Africa to parents of Dutch, German, and French descent. She moved to New York and got her U.S. citizenship in 2007, while keeping her South African nationality. She is a fashion model, actress, dancer and film and television producer. She has starred in several critically-acclaimed films in Hollywood. She has received critical acclamation for many of her performances, receiving accolades from various award-giving bodies including the Academy, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and the Silver Bear.
Charlize Theron has also gotten attention for her intense interest and involvement in many social issues. She is a staunch supporter of animal rights. She is an advocate of women’s rights, receiving recognition for her dedication to efforts to improve the lives of children and women in South Africa. She has joined movements to prevent and stop violence against women.
She has received praise for her efforts to bring attention to critical social issues, predominantly in South Africa where she is from. She is recognized for having founded the CTAOP or the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project which raises and provides funds to help out rural communities facing serious HIV/AIDS concerns. Research indicates that about 5.6 million South Africans suffer from HIV or AIDS and that 300,000 individuals in this country die of the disease every year.
The CTAOP was established to help contain the spread of HIV, particularly among the youth in South Africa. It provides medical education and mobile health and computer clinics in rural areas in South Africa. It helps in educating the African youth, specifically about the disease HIV/AIDS and how to stay safe from it. The project supports various community-based organizations which employ pioneering and community-specific programming. Focusing especially on the youth (individuals between 10 and 20 years of age), the project provides youth-friendly health care, development of life skills, sex and reproductive health education, and psycho-social intervention and support. All these critical resources are aimed at empowering the youth so that they can help themselves and their peers remain HIV-free.
The Messenger of Peace is conferred by the United Nations to notable individuals who agree to help the United Nations bring global attention to what the organization is doing. Charlize Theron joins the ranks of these individuals advocating in behalf of the United Nations so that the lives of people, particularly the minority and the disadvantaged, can get better. She is specifically designated to promote efforts to fight and put an end to violence against women.