Speaking of Francois-Henri Pinault…his company apparently has a Corporate Foundation for Women’s Dignity and Rights. On the need for the formation of the Foundation just over a year ago Pinault said, “At least one out of three women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Women are the heart of communities’ equilibrium as they are the cornerstone of pillars such as family, health, education and culture.” To further awareness of the plight of women in various areas of the world, the Foundation is supporting the movie ‘Desert Flower,’ starring one of my favorite model/actress/activists, Liya Kebede.
Kebede portrays Waris Dirie (pictured at right), a Somalian goatherd turned model and activist against FGM (female genital mutilation). Dirie is now a World Health Organization Goodwill Ambassador for maternal, newborn and child health issues. Aside from the fact that the two women look strikingly similar, this role seems perfect for Kebede who has a foundation of her own dedicated to mothers and children and reducing maternal and newborn mortality rates.
The movie looks powerful and Kebede seems to melt into the character in her first leading role. It made me both laugh and cry in less than 3 minutes. Hopefully it will come to a theater nearby so I can watch in its entirety.
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