When Victoria Beckham, pop icon and fashion designer married to soccer great David Beckham, traveled to Cape Town, South Africa, in February to learn more about mother-to-child transmission of HIV, she spent time with the founder and several members of mothers2mothers, an organization that was awarded the Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership in 2012.
Beckham’s journey is chronicled in Vogue Magazine, with accompanying pictures by acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz. To see a short gallery of photos from Beckham’s journey, and her encounters with some of m2m’s Mentor Mothers, who help women receive the proper medical attention, visit the following link: http://www.vogue.com/vogue-daily/article/victoria-beckham-born-free-fight-against-hiv/#1
Beckham’s support of mothers2mothers is also spotlighted in the April 28 issue of People Magazine in the feature “40 Facts About Me” (see photo, above).
Beckham’s list offers plenty of playful asides (“I believe in karma,” “If I had more time, I would read more…”), but her serious commitment to empowering women and helping the poor is highlighted in yellow at No. 13, where she identifies her involvement with both UNAIDS and mothers2mothers.
In 2012, when m2m was honored with the Kravis Prize, the Prize Selection Committee cited the organization’s efforts under founder Mitch Besser “in nine countries and [for] continually working to expand their reach to women in new countries and move deeper into countries where they currently operate.”
Besser, who is the brother of Richard Besser, chief medical correspondent for ABC News, also receives attention during a recent “Good Morning America” segment about pop musician Ryan Lewis’ mother Julie.
For more about this ABC News segment, visit this post on the Kravis Prize Blog to learn more about Lewis, m2m’s work, and the formidable challenge of HIV transmission that many people face today.
- For more on mothers2mothers in the media, visit their website at: http://www.m2m.org/category/m2m-in-the-press/
- For more on mothers2mothers at the Kravis Prize home page, visit: https://kravisprize.cmc.edu/prize-recipients/mothers2mothers/