Annie Lennox – Singer-Songwriter, Human Rights Activist

Meet Annie Lennox

“It is an absolutely honour and privilege to be able to contribute to supporting mothers2mothers, whose outstanding work has transformed the lives of almost 1.5 million HIV-positive mothers across nine countries in sub-Saharan Africa to date. With their visionary and innovative Mentor Mother Model, the m2m methodology is a gold standard for the education and support of mothers living with HIV. While one in three pregnant women are HIV-positive in Southern Africa, m2m’s work continues to be absolutely essential.” 

Salma Hayek – Academy Award Nominated Actress, Producer, Director

Meet Salma Hayek

  “One of the things I found very impressive about mothers2mothers when talking to women who have gone through the mothers2mothers process is that at some point they all find themselves feeling almost like dust – like nothing – like dust that the wind can come, blow away and they can disappear; because their situation is so bad and they are so helpless – they can see no future and many of them thought about taking their lives. Then this sisterhood comes along and supports them, and these particles of dust become mountains. These girls that thought they had absolutely no worth can look themselves in the mirror and realise that they have not only changed the lives of many women but have saved thousands of children. Thousands of lives. And this is literal; I spoke to one Mentor Mother and we calculated that over 7000 HIV-negative kids have been born into this world because of her work alone, her work preventing the mother passing HIV to her baby.” 

Annie Lennox

Annie Lennox is an internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter and human rights activist. In 2003, she performed at the inaugural concert for Nelson Mandela’s HIV/AIDS Foundation—a pivotal point on her life’s course and the first of many performances to advocate, raise awareness, and fundraise for the issue. She has subsequently served as a UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador and in 2007, she founded the SING campaign to support women and children affected by HIV/AIDS. Annie is also the founder of The Circle—a not-for-profit organization that works to support and empower some of the most marginalised women and girls around the globe. In recognition of her humanitarian work, she received the Woman of Peace Award at the 2009 World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, and in 2011 she was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Since she first visited an m2m site in 2009, Annie has been a tireless supporter of our organisation, hosting a trilogy of electrifying events in London, and more recently delivering stunning performances in Los Angeles all in support of m2m. Annie continuously advocates for our work to eliminate paediatric AIDS and keep mothers and families healthy.

Salma Hayek

Academy Award Nominee Salma Hayek has proven herself as a prolific actress, producer, and director, in both film and television. She was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and a BAFTA award for her leading role in Julie Taymor’s FRIDA. Alongside this, Salma has also dedicated much of her time to social activism. Since 2009, Salma has served on the board of the Kering Foundation, which aims to combat violence against women in the U.S., Western Europe, and Asia. In 2013, Salma, alongside Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Frida Giannini, the then creative director of Gucci, co-founded CHIME FOR CHANGE, an organisation dedicated to improving the education, help, and welfare of women and girls around the world.

In October 2017, Salma visited South Africa to meet m2m’s Mentor Mothers and witness first-hand the important work they do, and in November, she generously opened her home to host a private dinner benefitting m2m.