Charlize Theron announces full-year scholarships for South Africans with new campaign

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  • Charlize Theron's CTAOP is joining forces with Dior for the #DiorChinUp campaign.
  • The campaign will see Dior provide full four-year scholarships to South Africans through the new cohort of CTAOP Youth Leaders Scholars.
  • Charlize said of the partnership she always wanted to do something "proactively moving" to give back to her country.

Charlize Theron's foundation CTAOP (Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project) has teamed up with Dior for the #DiorChinUp campaign.

The campaign hopes to empower young people through education. The partnership will see Dior provide full four-year scholarships to South Africans through the new cohort of CTAOP Youth Leaders Scholars. They will begin their university journeys in 2021, Charlize announced on Tuesday.

Several powerful women have shared their stories with the hashtag #DiorStandsWithWomen, including Yalitza Aparicio Martínez, Cara Delevingne and Charlize Theron herself.

In a video shared to her Instagram, the Academy Award-winning actor says: "The concept of privileges you will have just purely by where you are born geographically, was something that I've just always been aware of. And I think being South African, growing up in a country that was going through a lot of turmoil, it made me just always very aware of privileges that I have had in my life just purely by having the skin colour that I have."

The 45-year-old adds growing up in South Africa, she always wanted to do something "proactively moving" to give back.

"So about two years ago, we were visiting our organisations in South Africa," she says of CTAOP, "and we were listening to young people share stories and the conversation really changed when this one young woman stepped up. And I remember her saying: 'I don't want change next year, I don't want change next month, I want it today.' I think there is a real passion there for young people to just not want to accept this as our word today, so, our generation's job is to give young people like that girl the tools to be able to do what she was born to do."

She continues: "My mom used to always say when I was a little girl: 'It is your duty as a human being to stand up for those who can't speak for themselves.' And I think we have to start looking at that way. And the importance of understanding that caring for somebody else is caring for yourself. And when you care for somebody else, all of that comes back to you twofold. This world, I don't think can survive without that."  

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