Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Entertainment: Model Liya Kebede Stars in the Film "Desert Flower", Inpsired by the Life of Waris Dirie
Kebede does an outstanding job at invoking that same spirit of fortitude and determination - not only to survive, but to succeed and give back. With equally successful careers in modeling, Kebede and Dirie have become models for life and humanitarianism. Kebede founded her organization, the Liya Kebede Foundation in 2005, dedicated to providing women, mothers and children worldwide and in African regions medical and economic support. Kebede is also a Goodwill Ambassador for the World Health Organization's Maternal, Newborn and Child Health project. Dirie, a longtime human rights activist and philanthropist, established the Desert Flower Foundation in 2002 raising awareness and speaking out against female genital circumcision. Dirie also heads the Desert Dawn Foundation, an organization committed to funding local Somali schools and health centers.
Watch the trailer for Desert Flower below, released last month (March 18th) in the U.S. to select theaters.
Find out more about these foundations, FGM/FGC, Desert Flower (both the film and novel) and how you can get involved in humanitarian work below.
Desert Flower - Official Movie Website
Desert Flower Foundation - Official Website
Desert Flower - Harper Collins Publishers
Liya Kebede Foundation - Official Website
World Health Organization - Official Website (FGM/FGC)
UNICEF - Official Website (FGM/FGC)