Salma Hayek Pinault: social activist par excellence

Academy Award Nominee Salma Hayek Pinault has proven herself as a prolific actress, producer, and director. Most important of all her roles though is her dedication to social activism.

Since 2009, Salma has served on the board of the Kering Foundation, which aims to combat violence against women in the U.S., Western Europe, and Asia. In 2013, Salma co-founded CHIME FOR CHANGE, an organisation dedicated to improving the education, health, and welfare of women and girls around the world – an organisation that m2m has collaborated with on a number of occasions.

In October 2017, Salma visited South Africa to meet mother2mother’s Mentor Mothers and witness first-hand the important work they do, and in November 2017, she generously opened her home to host a private dinner benefitting m2m.

There the charity patron met some of the mentor mothers: the fearless, HIV-positive women who are working across eight African nations to stop mothers passing HIV onto their children, fight stigma, and ensure that all families thrive, not just survive.

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After the event, which saw a donor pay £150,000 to have a meal cooked by Hayek Pinault and Sienna Miller, Vogue caught up with the campaigner to learn her findings from South Africa.

“I was inspired by seeing this army of women stopping at nothing to help the new mothers that were diagnosed as HIV positive” she explained. “It would even extend into the entire family. It was extraordinary to hear the stories of women who at one point in their lives thought they didn’t have the courage to continue living and couldn’t see any options or hope. Then, through mothers2mothers not only did they become survivors, they became productive in society and someone else’s hero.”