Ashley Judd is a famous Hollywood actress, well known for dexterously starring in both box office hits and for turning in unforgettable performances in fine independent films. From her debut in Sundance Film Festival grand jury prize winner, Ruby In Paradise, to Where the Heart Is, Simon Burch, Helen, De-Lovely and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, her films tell very personal stories-- which is exactly what Judd does when she is not making movies.
She works on a number of human rights issues and is a global ambassador for YouthAIDS, a global initiative that generates funding for programmes in 65 countries to raise awareness of HIV/AIDs in the world’s most vulnerable populations. As part of her work, she has visited orphanages, slums, brothels, hospices, medical clinics and youth and drop-in centres in countries around the world.
Her personal emphasis involves medically accurate sex education, empowering women and girls, and putting a stop to sex and human trafficking. As a result, she has worked with the Heads of State in each of the countries she visits, and has addressed the National Press Club and the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
She is also passionate about the environment. An eighth generation Kentuckian, she is an outspoken critic of mountaintop removal coal mining. A proponent of a "green collar" economy, Judd is committed to helping find innovative renewable energy solutions.
Ashley is a compelling and entertaining speaker, and speaks fluently and provocatively to uplift and inspire audiences, telling them about her personal experiences and the lessons learned from her work.
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