Victoria Beckham has been appointed a UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador.
The former Spice Girl appeared at a New York press conference today alongside UNAIDS executive director, Michel Sidibé, skipping the opening of her London store to deliver an impassioned speech.
“I’m a passionate supporter of women,” she told media in at the United Nations building in New York. “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. This is something I feel very passionately about.”
Beckham, 40, talked of a recent visit to Capetown, South Africa as the inspiration behind her involvement in the UN cause. “I was so touched by the women that I met. I felt inspired and I came home and knew I had to do something. It’s taken me getting to 40 years old to realise I have a responsibility as a woman, a mother. I have a voice that people will listen to and I’m taking that responsibility very seriously. This is the beginning of an incredible journey for me.”
Also known as “Posh Spice”, Beckham is following in the footsteps of former bandmate Geri Halliwell, Hollywood actresses Nicole Kidman and Angelina Jolie and Emma Watson whose speech earlier this week inspired hundreds of thousands to sign up for the UN’s #HeForShe campaign.
As part of her new role, Beckham will work with UNAIDS – the UN’s HIV and Aids charity – and has confirmed she’ll be returning to South Africa before travelling “further afield next year”.