Victoria Beckham goes on debut visit as UN Ambassador
The fashion designer shares inspiring photos on her first fact-finding mission to Soweto, South Africa
Following her appointment as UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador in September, she recently made her first fact-finding visit to Soweto, South Africa on behalf of UNAIDS campaign and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. There, she visited several clinics and charity sites to find out more about how the work being done to help women and children living with HIV.
She’s tweeted several touching photographs of her visits and her involvement in activities while in South Africa – these include action shots of her doing graffiti art on the wall of an education centre, meeting with young girls and speaking to local women about protecting the health of babies born to mothers with HIV.
“My conversation with young women in Soweto has been an eye-opener for me,” Victoria says of her trip. “It gave me an exceptional insight to the many challenges facing these wonderful young women and mothers. They moved me with their stories and I want to help in any way I can to inspire them for change.”
But this isn’t the fashion designer’s first exposure to non-profit work in Africa. Victoria visited South Africa in February this year to learn about the work of mothers2mothers, a non-profit organisation which offers health education, training and support to protect and empower HIV-positive mothers. She also worked with online shopping portal The Outnet in August to sell 600 items from her personal wardrobe as a fundraising initiative for the charity.
Victoria may be much better known for her early days as Spice Girl or the fashionable waves she’s making with her eponymous fashion label. However, as she explained in her speech during her appointment as Goodwill Ambassador, she now wishes to use her celebrity influence for effecting meaningful change in the lives of other women.
“As a woman and a mother I have a responsibility to support other women,” said Victoria. “I am proud and honoured to be working with UNAIDS in this new role to help to raise resources and awareness to support and empower women and children affected by HIV.”