Charlize Theron named United Nations messenger of peace

November 14, 2008

UNITED NATIONS (Chattahbox) – South African-born Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron was named on Friday as a United Nations messenger of peace, with a special focus on ending violence against women.

Messengers of peace, of which there will now be 10, are celebrities mainly from the fields of film, music, literature and sport who are charged with promoting U.N. activities and ideals through public appearances and media contacts.

Counting Charlize there will now be 10 messengers of peace, drawn from celebrities in the fields of film, music, literature and sport who are charged with promoting U.N. activities and ideals through public appearances and media contacts.

Theron, 33, has been in dramas like “The Cider House Rules,” thrillers such as “The Italian Job” and the special-effects filled “AEon Flux,” and won an Academy Award for her role in the 2003 movie “Monster,” in which she played serial killer Aileen Wuornos, who came from a background of violence and abuse and was executed in Florida in 2002.

In the 2005 film, “North Country” she played a woman who fights back against sexual harassment. Theron had her own experience of domestic violence at the age of 15 when her mother fatally shot her alcoholic father as he threatened the family in a drunken rage.

Designating her a messenger of peace, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “You have used your voice, compassion and special relationship with the public to create a better world.” Theron, named by Esquire magazine last year as its “Sexiest Woman Alive,” has also been involved in charitable causes such as putting mobile health clinics in rural areas of her native South Africa where access to care is limited.

Reported by: Hot Momma Celebrity Gossip


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