Fashion designer Victoria Beckham appointed UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador

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Victoria Beckham has been appointed Goodwill Ambassador by UNAIDS. (video capture)

Leading fashion designer Victoria Beckham has been appointed Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations agency dealing with HIV and AIDS.

The announcement was made by the Executive Director of UNAIDS at an event held during the UN's annual debate on Thursday.

In her new role, Mrs. Beckham will work towards ensuring that all children are born free from AIDS and women affected by HIV have access to medicines and care, the agency says.

She told reporters that her visit to South Africa in February this year inspired her to take on this task.

"I went to Cape Town and I was so touched by the women that I met. I felt inspired and I came home and I knew I had to do something. It's taken me getting to 40 years old to realize I have a responsibility as a woman, as a mother. I have a voice that people will listen to and I am taking that responsibility very seriously."   (21″)

Mrs Beckham said becoming a UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador is the beginning of what she called an "incredible journey" for her.

UNAIDS says that antiretroviral therapy can reduce the risk of a mother living with HIV passing the virus to her child to below five per cent.

However, according to the agency, one third of pregnant women living with HIV in 2013 did not have access to the life-saving medicines and 240,000 children became infected with HIV.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations

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