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Audrey Hepburn's Humanitarian Career

A legend and Hollywood’s greatest divas of all time, Audrey Hepburn is also known for her humanitarian work. Her dedication towards serving the society, helping the impoverished and selfless devotion made her the most celebrated humanitarian workers as well as the most successful leading ladies of tinsel town.

Hepburn was a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF in 1989. She had then said that she is highly obliged to UNICEF and understands the plight of the children. She also said that she was one of the people who were provided relief through them after the Second World War ended, so she already has a lot of respect and is filled with gratitude for UNICEF. She worked extensively in Ethiopia, Venezuela, Turkey, Guatemala, Honduras, Thailand and Bangladesh amongst others. She was especially concerned about issues with children and women. It was after a trip to Somalia, her last field trip that she fell ill and was diagnosed with abdominal cancer.

Hepburn worked day and night to launch and forward many projects by UNICEF. Some of them are State of the World’s Children Report and World Summit for Children. When not doing field trips or participating in events, she used to raise fund for UNICEF and also went on to represent them in the US congress and the media. Her compassion for those living in pain was so much that it continued ever after her demise in 1993 as Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund. There is even an Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award that recognizes individuals who show terrific compassion for children as the diva herself and engage in philanthropic activities for them.

She had herself received many such awards on account of her tireless effort to help the needy, specially the children. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award posthumously. In her interviews (she used to give about 15 interviews in a day most of the times) she had explicitly narrated the plight of the people of the countries she had been to. She strongly believed that the whole world is united and it is a ‘moral obligation’ for ‘haves’ to give to the ‘have-nots’. However, she would also condemn these tags like ‘third world’ and would say that when we are all united there is no ‘third’.

The legacy of her work continues till date and that is the reason why Audrey Hepburn has become a synonym to tireless efforts of making the world a better place.

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