Scarlett Johansson is used to being in the public eye. As a commercially and critically acclaimed actress, she knows her personal life is a hot topic. She’s decided to use that to the advantage of some incredibly important causes. In an interview with Interview Magazine, Scarlett says, “You know, as a person in the public eye, I have always felt that if I have the good fortune of being able to shed a spotlight on different causes that I feel passionately about…”
Much of Johansson’s work as an activist is connected to Oxfam, a large, international confederation of organizations who work together in over 90 countries to free the world from the effects and injustice of poverty. Though she had been a long-time supporter of Oxfam, Scarlett was motivated to get involved by the organization’s response to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. In 2007, she was named a Global Ambassador for Oxfam, and took a life-changing trip to India and Sri Lanka. She met tsunami survivors in Sri Lanka who were still working to rebuild their lives.
Through her role with Oxfam, Scarlett has traveled the globe to learn about various human rights issues and to bring awareness to places and people in our world that need our attention and resources. She’s traveled to Kenya, India, and Sri Lanka, addressing issues such as hunger, earthquake and tsunami victims, and poverty in general.
In addition to her charitable work, Johansson is a devoted political activist as well. This was instilled in her from an early age. She describes her politically active childhood home, saying, “…it was an awareness that we were raised with, and as we grew into young adults, we just naturally became politically active. It was just understood that it was important, that it was our responsibility.”
While registered as an independent, Johansson campaigned for Democrat John Kerry in the 2004 election. More recently, she campaigned for Barack Obama in 2008, specifically targeting younger voters. To reach this crucial voting demographic, she appeared in a 2008 music video for The Black Eyed Peas, and also co-hosted a fashion launch of pro-Obama clothing for the 2012 election. And she lent her voice—literally—by speaking at the Democratic National Convention in September of 2012, encouraging more engagement from young voters.
And Scarlett Johansson doesn’t appear to show any signs of lessening her work both at home and around the globe. The more light she can shed on issues and people that are important to her…the better.
Watch Scarlett in action! Check out the Oxfam website for more details and a video about her recent work.
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