Ashley Judd has done tremendously valuable work for YouthAIDS and Five and Alive, two arms of Population Services International that provide life-saving products, clinical services and behavior change communications to empower the world’s most vulnerable populations to lead healthier lives.
Five & Alive is aimed at saving the lives of children 5 and under in developing countries, and YouthAIDS is an education and prevention program. Ashely has traveled to Africa on numerous occasions in support of the organizations and has never been afraid to get “down on the ground” in medical clinics in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cambodia, Kenya, Rwanda or other precarious locations. She has narrated three documentaries for YouthAIDS which aired internationally on the Discovery Channel, in National Geographic, and on VH1.
She has been an ardent supporter of Women for Women International, Equality Now, and other non-governmental organizations that promote social, educational, health, and economic empowerment of women.
On one of her trips to Rwanda, we were fortunate to be sent her diaries of the trip as she explored the devastating consequences of the country’s genocide, and ventured into a medical clinic in the DRC.
She signed our statement from Desmond Tutu to China regarding their treatment of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.