Charlize Theron earns crystal award for humanitarian efforts

By: Tucker Harrington

Actress Charlize Theron is used to winning recognition awards, but her most recent honor might be even more meaningful to the star. The International Herald Tribune reports Theron, along with two documentary filmmakers, was honored for her humanitarian efforts in her home nation of South Africa.

Theron received her award during the recent World Economic Forum event held in Davos, Switzerland. She is one of the first celebrities to be honored with one of the crystal awards since 2006, when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s win unfortunately overshadowed the other winners’ work. Theron, however, was very low-key during the event, the news source reports. 

The actress was recognized for her efforts in fighting HIV and AIDS in South Africa, as well as working to create better opportunities for the impoverished young men and women in the region through The Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project. 

The organization’s official website reports it “strive[s] to foster an atmosphere that supports continuous learning, enhancement of both individual and group impact as well as reflective candid evaluations of our work and the work of our grantees.”

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, a Pakistani filmmaker and Vik Muniz, an artist from Brazil, were also honored during the event.