Lily Marinho (1925-2011)

Lily Marinho, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

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.  

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