Last night Thandie attended the Hope Rising concert in Toronto in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) whose mission is ‘Turning the Tide of Aids in Africa.’
The SLF was founded in 2003 by Stephen Lewis, a former ambassador of the United Nations. The foundation works with community based organizations to support women, orphaned children, grandmothers who look after orphaned grandchildren and other groups of people living with HIV/AIDS. They focus on women and children because gender inequality is one of the main reasons why AIDS is a pandemic in Africa. Notably, women account for over half of the 22.5M people with AIDS in Africa (source: UNAIDS Global report 2010).
Thandie has been a long time supporter of the prevention of violence against women, specifically in Democratic Republic of the Congo through V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. So, it is no surprise she took time out of filming the DirectTV series ‘ROGUE’ to attend the Hope Rising benefit concert.
Thandie was a presenter and according to a tweet by the society editor of the National Post, Amoryn Engel:
“Thandie Newton lights up the stage at #HopeRising benefit. Speaking of plight of women in Congo. Quite the celebration for Stephen Lewis”
Thandie wore the perfect ensemble for the event, a sequined romper by Nigerian designer Lisa Folawiyo and tied her curly hair in a high bun. Simple and elegant as always!