The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has appointed leading fashion designer Victoria Beckham as UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador.
The announcement was made at a special event held during the 69th United Nations General Assembly in New York.
“I have supported many AIDS charities over the years. I’ve been a patron to Elton John’s AIDS foundation for over 20 years. So, I have always been involved, but in the background; and when I was lucky enough to visit South Africa a few months ago, it changed how I feel. It really did, and I came home thinking I have a responsibility, and for some reason, people would listen to what I have to say.”
Victoria Beckham also told Journalists
“I am delighted to be a global goodwill ambassador for UNAIDS.”
and on a sad note she said:
“When I got to Africa I decided I wanted to learn more I met with UNAIDS, Mothers-to-Mothers charity, as well as Born Free Africa, and it was actually Born Free Africa that took me to Africa, and it really was life-changing. The women that I met, the children that I met, to work with the charities and see with my own eyes and my own ears the hard work that is going on.”
She said her role will be “letting people know that there is treatment available” as well as “supporting these women because when these women find out that they have HIV they need to be supported. People are scared.”