Goodwill Ambassadors and Patrons
H.R.H. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
The Crown Princess is a passionate advocate for health, gender equality, and the empowerment of women and girls. She is committed to creating awareness and respect and ensuring compliance with women and girls´ sexual and reproductive health and rights, including access to family planning and the reduction of maternal and child mortality.
Acclaimed humanitarian, writer and actor Ashley Judd is fiercely committed to social justice. In particular, she believes that the sexual and reproductive health of girls and women, including choosing if, when and how many children to have, is at the heart of poverty eradication and sustainable development.
Award-winning journalist and author Isha Sesay is a fervent advocate for women and girls everywhere. She has dedicated her life and career to upholding the rights of women and girls. She believes that universal access to reproductive health care services and living free of gender-based violence and harmful practices (like female genital mutilation and child marriage) are non-negotiable human rights.
Supermodel, philanthropist, impact investor, and mother of five, Natalia Vodianova is strongly committed to empowering women and girls to take charge of their bodies and lives and ending shame surrounding menstruation. Natalia has been working with UNFPA for several years to dismantle taboos and advance women’s health and gender equality, and to generate concrete commitments from change-makers in a wide range of sectors and industries.
Catarina Furtado is one of Portugal’s best-loved television personalities and celebrities. She is well-known as a TV, theater and film actress, as well as an author, a TV-host, a journalist and a documentary filmmaker. In 2000, Ms. Furtado was appointed UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Anan.
Princess Basma Bint Talal
Princess Basma is commited to furthering the aims of the Jordanian National Population Commission (NPC). She actively supports the development and implementation of the National Population Programme, including Jordan’s first National Population Strategy. Princess Basma became a member of the Board of Trustees of the United States-based Population Council in 1996.
Her Majesty Queen Mother Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck
Over the years, Her Majesty Queen Mother Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck of Bhutan has been actively involved in promoting social causes in her country, including health, education and family issues.