When Charlize Theron came to Capitol Hill recently, she undoubtedly turned a few heads. But the Academy Award-winning actress didn’t come to be seen; she came to be heard.
Ten years after President Bush began an emergency AIDS relief program, known as PEPFAR, Theron is calling on the United States to renew its commitment in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.
“We're looking at our first AIDS-free generation being born in 2015,” Theron tells Top Line. “We can't stop now.”
Theron runs an AIDS support program for youth from her home country of South Africa, Africa Outreach Project, where 10 percent of the population has the disease, and met with members of Congress to talk about her work. Her advocacy for continued monetary assistance comes at a time when lawmakers have little appetite for increased spending, but the South African actress says the U.S.’s contributions to foreign aid efforts are more modest than some think.
“A lot of Americans have this misperception that foreignRead More »from Bringing beauty to a cause, Charlize Theron lobbies for an AIDS-free generation