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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow receives Inspiration Award for her humanitarian work

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow speaks at the Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists Inspiration Award luncheon at United Nations Headquarters in New York City. She was the 2011 recipient of the award.

By Malene Jensen

NEW YORK, USA, 3 November 2011 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and internationally acclaimed actress, Mia Farrow, was honoured at the United Nations yesterday where she received the Inspiration Award by the Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists for her humanitarian work, especially in support of children impacted by conflict.

‘We are honoring a woman who is dedicating her waking hours to give voice to the voiceless and highlight the misery of those in conflict zones,” said Evelyn Leopold, Chair of the

Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists, which was established in memory of the United Nations’s second Secretary-General, Dag Hammarskjöld, who was killed in a plane crash in 1961.

Since joining UNICEF as a Goodwill Ambassador in 2000, Ms. Farrow has travelled extensively to advocate for the rights of children around the world, visiting places such as Angola, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Sudan and Uganda. In August, she was in Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya to meet with families who have fled areas of war and famine in Somalia. 

Advocating for children’s rights

Farrow accepted the award on behalf of the many women and children she has met throughout her travels, and spoke of their amazing resilience, as well as the urgent need to continue reaching the most vulnerable and marginalized so that the rights of every child are realized.

“In today’s world there is no acceptable reason for children to starve, to have no education, to have to drink dirty water, to die of HIV/AIDS or be sentenced to a life of pain and disabilities because they did not have the same polio vaccine that has been available to us in the developed world for half a century,” said Ms. Farrow.

Ms. Farrow has appeared in more than 40 films, including ‘Rosemary’s Baby,’ and is well known for her advocacy work in support of the most neglected children and their families. She also travels and campaigns extensively in her own capacity to raise awareness about humanitarian issues. In 2008, Time magazine named her one of the most influential people in the world.

The Board of Directors of the Dag Hammarskjöld Fund established the annual award in 2006 to further honor Hammarskjöld’s legacy by recognizing an individual or organization that embodies his vision. Queen Noor of Jordan also received an Inspiration Award at the event for her humanitarian work as an outspoken voice for world peace and justice in the Middle East, the Balkans, Central and Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa.



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