Lily Marinho (1925-2011)
Lily Marinho used her status and role in society to give a voice to the voiceless and to promote a culture of peace and non-violence through the media. A committed advocate for the rights of street children and families in need, Mrs Marinho initiated and supports numerous projects providing children and families with shelter, health care, food and education.
She spoke out on behalf of the weakest people in society, focusing national attention on the issues of homelessness, poverty and illiteracy. A tireless fundraiser for her causes, she continued to donate extensive funds to social and charitable projects. Lily Marinho was designated UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in 1999.