Victoria Beckham Named UN Goodwill Ambassador for HIV/AIDS Program

Pam WrightLife

Share this Post

Victoria Beckham has been named a United Nations goodwill ambassador for the organization's program on HIV and AIDS.

"I'm a passionate supporter of women," Victoria said Thursday at a press conference at the U.N. building in New York on Thursday. "I want to support women, I want to empower women, and I believe that everybody has the right to a healthy life."

"I'm a mother, I'm a woman, I want to do whatever I can do to lend my voice, raise awareness."

The 40-year-old wife of soccer superstar David Beckham, who has also served as a U.N. goodwill ambassador, reportedly skipped the opening of her new London designer store to make the UN announcement.

Other celebrities who have served as goodwill ambassadors include Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman.

Victoria said it was a recent trip to Cape Town, South Africa that inspired her to get involved.

"I was so touched by the women that I met," she said. "I felt inspired and I came home and knew I had to do something. It's taken me getting to 40 years old to realize I have a responsibility as a woman, a mother. I have a voice that people will listen to."

Pam Wright