By Linda Burton on
Oscar award winning actress Charlize Theron's next role will be that of a United Nations Messenger of Peace.
Last Friday, UN spokesman Farhan Haq made the announcement that Theron will be inducted on Monday at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Haq added that she “will have responsibilities for promoting UN efforts to fight violence against women around the world”.
Honoring Theron for her work towards ending violence towards women, as well as the Charlize Theron African Outreach Project, whose goal is to promote HIV/AIDS education for impoverished children and their families in South Africa, Ki-moon stated “You have used your voice, compassion and special relationship with the public to create a better world.”
The South African born actress became a naturalized US citizen in 2007. She won an Oscar in 2003 for her role in the movie “Monster”, and has also appeared in “North Country”, “Devil’s Advocate”, “The Cider House Rules”, “The Italian Job”, and “AEon Flux”.
Chosen as the tenth UN Messenger of Peace, Theron will join actors George Clooney and Michael Douglas, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Israieli conductor Daniel Barenboim, Nobel Peace Prize winner for literature Elie Wiesel, British primatologist Jane Goodall, Princess Haya Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho, and Japanese violinist Midori Goto.
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