Golden Globe-nominated actress Ashley Judd is best known for her tough female characters in movies such as Double Jeopardy, High Crimes, and Kiss the Girls. Judd’s real name is Ashley Tyler Ciminella. She was born to parents Naomi Judd and Michael Ciminella.
Ashley Judd has spent most of her time among the ill and sexually exploited in Third World countries since becoming a global ambassador for YouthAIDS. This foundation is a prevention program under the Population Service International, where Ashley Judd has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2004. Being the humanitarian that she is, Judd has traveled to Cambodia, Kenya, Rwanda, and many more places affected by illnesses and poverty.
During her travels, she has witnessed the life of the poor and uneducated, and has since then become an advocate for preventing poverty and promoting awareness among the world. In her efforts, she has met political and religious leaders, heads of states, diplomats, and leaders to lend her voice to the deprived, and to convey the message to those who have the power to bring about political and social change.
The YouthAIDS three award-winning documentaries have starred Ashley Judd as the subject, which aired throughout the world, in channels such as the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and VH1. Through her work with the organization, she has come across the need for a balanced and integrated approach to empower human rights and global health, and to prevent social atrocities. Judd has also been involved with organizations such as the Women for Women International, and Equality Now, as well as other non-government organizations that bring attention to social, educational, health, economic, cultural, and financial funding of the unfortunate.
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