‘I am nothing short of horrified’
Actress Minnie Driver has just made headlines, publicly stepping down from her role as a global celebrity ambassador for Oxfam in the wake of the charity’s recent sex scandal.
Allegations were publicly made against the charity this week, claiming that Oxfam aid workers in developing countries, including Chad and Haiti, had hired sex workers. And despite working with the charity for over 20 years, the 48-year-old actress had no hesitation announcing that she was ‘nothing short of horrified’ by the recent allegations, citing them as the reason for her exit.
‘I am nothing short of horrified by the allegations against Oxfam International,’ Minnie announced in a statement. ‘In no uncertain terms do I plan to continue my support of this organization or its leaders. And though it is unfortunate that after 20 years I am no longer able to advocate and defend through this specific framework, social and economic injustice is more globally prevalent than ever.’
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She continued: ‘I certainly will not let the abhorrent mistakes of a troubling organization stop me or anyone else from working with good people in this space to support a population of human beings around the world that needs our help.’
Oxfam has since responded to Minnie’s statement, thanking her for her commitment over the years and pledging that it is ‘more committed now than ever to learn from our mistakes’.