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Charlize Theron Heads Home For a Cause

Jul 30 2013 - 11:04am

Charlize Theron [1] was back in her home country of South Africa on Monday, but instead of promoting a movie project, the actress spoke at a press conference about the fight against HIV and AIDS. Sporting a red ribbon to support the cause, Charlize sat down with South African President Jacob Zuma and the Executive Director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibé in Pretoria to talk about different ways to educate young girls about their health.

As the United Nations Messenger of Peace, Charlize shared an empowering message for young women, saying, "We are all here to support you. You are the future of this country and I am asking you to seize the opportunity to lead healthy and empowered lives. It's always very special for me to be able to come home and even more when I have a chance to lend my support to the youth of this country."

The actress is no stranger to philanthropy. In April, Charlize stepped out for the GLAAD Awards [2] in LA, where she linked up with Leonardo DiCaprio [3] and joked around with honoree Bill Clinton. She was also seen out and about in Boston [4] with her son Jackson during an outing in March.

Charlize Theron [5] shook hands with South African President Jacob Zuma.

Charlize Theron [6] stepped out to support the fight against HIV and AIDS in South Africa.

Charlize Theron [7] discussed the fight against HIV and AIDS for young women alongside South African President Jacob Zuma, Executive Director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibé, and South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.

Charlize Theron [8] wore a red ribbon during the press conference as she spoke with South African President Jacob Zuma.

Charlize Theron [9], the United Nations Messenger of Peace, discussed the importance of empowering young women through education.

Charlize Theron [10] showed off a new haircut during a press conference in Pretoria, South Africa.


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