Fight against AIDS gets Charlize Theron's Big Push at WEF

Charlize Theron

In an unlikely opening for an event known as annual congregation of movers and shakers of global economy, it is Oscar and Golden Globe winner Hollywood actress Charlize Theron getting awarded for her work towards fight against AIDS that has marked this year's annual meeting of the World Economic Forum.

Giving Theron company in getting accolades at this annual event in the Swiss ski town of Davos were Pakistani documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and Brazilian artist Vik Muniz.

"I can think of no bigger shadow than the one cast upon Africa -- that is AIDS and HIV," Theron said after getting the Crystal Award in opening ceremony of WEF Annual Meeting last night.

Theron, whose native place happens to be Africa and who has been working towards fighting the widespread presence of this disease in the region, said that Africa accounts for two-third of the HIV/AIDS deaths worldwide, but time has come for everyone to come forward to ensure the first ever generation of no one being born with this virus.

A United Nations messenger for peace in Africa, Theron said that her aim is also to work towards making the youth of the region safe from AIDS.

Theron also had her portrait taken at the WEF summit for a campaign named 'Big Push' against diseases like AIDS/HIV, Malaria and TB.

Joining Theron as another Crystal Award winner, Chinoy said: "It is difficult for people like me to live in Pakistan. But I still live there because of the power of films."

Chinoy, who began writing at the age of 14 and whose documentary on acid attacks led to a major debate in Pakistan and elsewhere, said that it was the power of films that led to acid attacks on women being made a crime where people can be sent to jails.

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