Claudia Cardinale, the legendary Italian cinema actress, has lent her fame to the service of humanitarian causes for many years. North African by birth, Italian by nationality and French by upbringing, Claudia Cardinale symbolizes the struggle of Mediterranean women to affirm women’s rights.
Since her designation in March 2000, her engagement with UNESCO as a Goodwill Ambassador was inspired by her concern to improve the status and living conditions of girls and women through education. Displaying solidarity and unswerving commitment towards helping disadvantaged women, Claudia Cardinale has become one of their most loyal supporters and spokespersons.
She participated in the UNESCO Conference on Women in the Mediterranean in May 2001 at UNESCO Headquarters. In her speech she affirmed that "it is with passion and dedication that I will be attentive to the needs of women and fight relentlessly for their rights".