WEB DESK: More and more famous people are lending their voice to worthy causes that could otherwise go unnoticed, and it’s causing a ripple effect of contagious inspiration.
Here are 11 celebrities who are using whichever platform to raise a voice for worthy causes to make the world a better place. They are influencing the masses locally and internationally.
Emma Watson proved that she is not just another pretty face when she was appointed UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, tasked with empowering young women and promoting gender equality across the globe.
She is using her platform to call for the inclusion of women in more political, scientific, and social spaces.
Featured in Marvel’s Avenger as The Hulk, Mark is vocal about what he believes in. During a commencement address at Dickinson College for Global Environmental Activism, Mark Ruffalo told graduates that “activist” is not a dirty word. He is cause is Water Defense, a non-profit dedicated to clean water access.
At 22 years old, Miley Cyrus receives a lot of criticism for her antics as a performer, but her unyielding work within the LGBTQ community is what should really get people talking. This year, she established a center for homeless youth in marginalized populations, offering not only a physical safe space in Los Angeles but also an online community to answer questions.
Clooney uses most of his profits from those commercials to fund a satellite program that keeps watch over the border between Sudan and South Sudan. He has taken it into his own hands to keep an eye on Omar al-Bashir, the Sudanese president who has been indicted for genocide in Darfur
Angelina Jolie Pitt
In 2012, after years of carrying aid workers and food supplies across the globe and donating millions to UNHCR, Jolie was appointed a special envoy to the group’s High Commissioner. She raises voice for the cause of Humanitarian service to refugees as Special Envoy to Antonio Gutterres, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
The actor, a lifelong environmentalist, founded the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 1998 with a focus on protecting the Earth’s last wilderness and promoting a more harmonious bond between nature and humanity.
He raises his voice for food and water aid through H2O Africa and ONEXONE. Damon has been vocal about his political views for years now, but he’s one of the few that actually puts his money where his mouth is. Along with his opposition to the war on teachers, Damon has been extremely active in bringing water to remote regions of Africa, fighting AIDS and poverty in less developed countries.
In 2012, Rihanna started the Clara Lionel Foundation (named after her grandparents) and proved that her interests go way beyond that hard partying the media typically associates with her. She works for Education, Health and Arts.
Widely known for her role as ‘Rachel’, she is a major advocate for awareness of cancer. She brought this commitment to the TV screen, creating a Lifetime movie Five that follows the story of five different women struggling with how breast cancer affected their lives.
Ben Affleck is an exception to positive-media-image coverage where actors go to developing countries to promote a positive response of their fans towards them. After visiting the Democratic Republic of the Congo frequently in 2010, he began the Eastern Congo Initiative.
It has does phenomenal work ranging from reintegrating child soldiers into their communities to helping find housing for survivors of sexual violence.