Sex and the City star Kristin Davis has supported Oxfam's emergency and humanitarian work since the southeast Asia tsunami of 2004.
A champion for vulnerable women
A tireless champion for vulnerable women, Kristin has made two visits to Africa with Oxfam, travelling to Mozambique, South Africa and Uganda to gain a better understanding of gender issues and poverty. The actress visited women who are rebuilding their lives after being displaced by the fighting in war-torn Uganda. She met victims of domestic violence as well as women and children affected by HIV/AIDS.
She also saw how projects that support small businesses run by women have enabled families to raise their standard of living.
Kristin has used her voice on behalf of the communities she visited. She has called on world leaders to act on maternal mortality, which claims the lives of over half a million women in developing countries each year. She has also lobbied decision-makers and talked to the media to raise awareness about the need for more doctors, nurses and treatment clinics so that millions of people living with HIV/AIDS can get the treatment they need.
In 2008, Kristin joined other Oxfam ambassadors including Scarlett Johansson and Gael García Bernal in signing an open letter to G8 leaders, calling on them to use the summit in Japan to respond urgently to the global challenges of climate change, the food crisis and development aid.
Kristin has also supported Oxfam fundraising initiatives. Her donation to Oxfam America's 2008 e-bay auction, offering tickets to the Sex and the City film premiere was a huge success, both in raising awareness and funds.
Watch: Kristin explains Oxfam Unwrapped
Her work promoting Oxfam Unwrapped has included co-hosting a gala event in Los Angeles and taking a miniature donkey on to the Rachel Ray television show in America. She has encouraged shoppers to buy gifts from the Oxfam Unwrapped catalogue, saying: "During my trips I've met some incredible people whose lives are changing because of Oxfam Unwrapped. I met a woman in Uganda who was able to start up a small business selling groundnuts and is now making enough money to send her grandchildren to school."
Kristin campaigns to end poverty
In 2009, Kristin joined Bono, Angélique Kidjo, Will.i.am and Queen Rania of Jordan at the UN in New York for the star-studded launch of In My Name, a global movement for ending poverty. She said: "I work with Oxfam to end poverty because I believe that we can. In my name, governments must deliver the money that they promised to end poverty by 2015."
Kristin has also been a long-standing supporter of a livelihoods project in Ethiopia where the drought has killed off many livestock in the region. The distribution of goats and other livestock has been a life-saver to many women and their families visiting the project in April 2010.
In June 2010, Kristin attended the Montreal Millennium Summit on behalf of Oxfam. She used this opportunity to urge governments around the world to do more to honor the promises they made to poor countries in 2005, at the time of Live 8, in support of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
Kristin supports Oxfam's GROW campaign. After returning from a trip to Haiti with Oxfam where she visited women’s farming projects, she said: "In my travels with Oxfam I have met many women producers who work the land from sunrise to sunset but are still struggling to feed their families. That's why Oxfam's GROW campaign to tackle the world’s food crises is so important.”
In July 2011, Kristin visited the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya with Oxfam, to see the devastating impact of the East Africa drought. She was travelling in Tanzania with Oxfam as part of her long term commitment as an Oxfam Ambassador. When she heard about the scale of the disaster in the Horn of Africa, she decided to extend her trip and visit one of the worst hit areas.
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