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Vanessa Redgrave Activity Highlights

2017 • May • Vanessa Redgrave made her directorial debut with a documentary, ‘Sea of Sorrow’, an impassioned humanitarian film about the refugee crisis in Syria and Europe.   

2016 • March • Syria at 5 years film for UNICEF MENA  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mQViJfgQ70

2012 • September • Vanessa Redgrave received the UNICEF Germany Honorary Award for Child Rights in September for her outstanding work for human rights and the rights of all children. On this occasion, Ms. Redgrave made an appeal to help Syrian children: “Every child has the right to be protected and get help in times of conflict. We can’t leave these children alone. It’s our human duty to help them.” Ms. Redgrave also attended UNICEF Germany’s child survival and development fundraiser, which was in support of the rehabilitation of the Bangui Paedriatric Centre surgical and intensive care wards in Central African Republic.2010 • November • Ms. Vanessa Redgrave joined UNICEF and its partners at the launch of the 2010 Stocktaking Report on Children and AIDS.  The report reviews advances made in the four areas of HIV and AIDS that affect children and highlights key steps towards achieving an AIDS-free generation.  

2009 • October • In New York, Ms. Vanessa Redgrave gave a special benefit performance of The Year of Magical Thinking.  Proceeds from the event were donated to UNICEF and UNRWA – the United Nations Relief Works Agency. The funds went to help children in Gaza and southern Israel reclaim their lives and rebuild their communities after recent violence in the region. (Newsline)

2007 • June • In New York, Ms. Redgrave attended the premiere of HBO’s film adaptation of The Fever, a play by Wallace Shawn about one woman’s struggle to cope with human rights abuses that she has witnessed. The event also featured a screening of Wake up World, Ms. Redgrave’s film tribute to UNICEF. (Newsline)

2006 • December • In New York, at the commemoration of UNICEF’s 60th Anniversary, Ms. Redgrave introduced the screening of the documentary Wake Up World chronicling UNICEF’s work over the years from her personal point of view.  (Newsline)

2004 • May • In Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ms. Redgrave was a keynote speaker at the Second Intergovernmental Conference on Making Europe and Central Asia Fit for Children.  While there, she also visited a UNICEF school project for Roma children.  (Newsline)

2004 • June-July • In Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), Ms. Redgrave was a guest of UNRWA, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine.  She made a humanitarian appeal for Gaza and the West Bank and also helped launch a UNICEF measles immunization campaign targeting all children under five in the OPT.  (Newsline)

2003 • October • In Belgium, on behalf of the UNICEF National Committee, Ms. Redgrave attended the Ghent film festival in Ghent followed by a gala dinner to raise funds for UNICEF. 

2002 • August • In Hamburg, Germany, on behalf of the UNICEF National Committee, Ms. Redgrave was guest of honour on a television fundraiser for children in War, which brought in 2,500 new pledge donors.  

1999 • April-May • In Albania and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Ms. Redgrave visited Kosovar refugees.  The actress conducted theatre workshops for children in several of the refugee camps and organized a concert to benefit the United Kingdom Committee for UNICEF.  After the signing of a peace accord, Ms. Redgrave returned to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Kosovo, where she organized a three-day concert, 'The Return', which began in Skopje with Philip Glass and continued in Pristina.

1998 • December • At the United Nations in New York, on the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Ms. Redgrave organized and hosted a presentation entitled ‘For the Worldwide Right to Asylum’. The presentation brought together senior United Nations officials, human rights advocates and artists, who spoke and performed to help focus attention on the plight of asylum seekers and their rights.

1998 • November • In Kosovo, Ms. Redgrave met with local activists and displaced persons and saw some of the UNICEF-supported activities.  She visited several war-damaged villages in the Orahovac and observed medical care in a hospital where the majority of patients were children suffering from bronchitis, diarrhoea and vitamin deficiency.

1995 • November • In Brazil, Ms. Redgrave visited a UNICEF-supported programme outside of São Paulo that provides children, ages seven to seventeen, in low-income families with primary school education and after-school activities.

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