Today, we’re delighted to honour two prominent advocates for women’s rights and health as Patrons of mothers2mothers.
Annie Lennox is an internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter, human rights activist and a former UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador. Since she first visited an m2m site in 2009, Annie has been a tireless supporter of mothers2mothers, hosting a trilogy of electrifying events in London, and more recently delivering stunning performances in Los Angeles all in support of m2m. Annie continuously advocates for our work to eliminate paediatric AIDS and keep mothers and families healthy. She is also the founder of The Circle—a not-for-profit organization that works to support and empower some of the most marginalised women and girls around the globe. In recognition of her humanitarian work, she received the Woman of Peace Award at the 2009 World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, and in 2011 she was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
Salma Hayek Pinault
Academy Award Nominee Salma Hayek Pinault has proven herself as a prolific actress, producer, and director. She has also dedicated much of her time to social activism. Since 2009, Salma has served on the board of the Kering Foundation, which aims to combat violence against women in the U.S., Western Europe, and Asia. In 2013, Salma co-founded CHIME FOR CHANGE, an organisation dedicated to improving the education, health, and welfare of women and girls around the world – an organisation that m2m has collaborated with on a number of occasions.
In October 2017, Salma visited South Africa to meet m2m’s Mentor Mothers and witness first-hand the important work they do, and in November 2017, she generously opened her home to host a private dinner benefitting m2m.
We’d like to thank Annie and Salma for their remarkable support to date, which has allowed us to grow awareness of mothers2mothers and raise resources to expand our life changing work.
This marks the start of m2m’s formal Patrons programme, and we will be announcing more Patrons in the weeks and months ahead. Stay tuned!