Thanks to her authentic, down-to-earth appearance, which she skilfully combines with an enormous portion of international glamour, UNICEF Austria has now officially decided to appoint her as an honorary officer for children in need. With her female power she will use her voluntary work for UNICEF Austria to fight for children and their rights, against child poverty and for access to education for every child.
“The first time I had contact with UNICEF was in Ethiopia on a development project,” she says. “UNICEF staff measured the circumference of the children’s upper arms to determine their level of malnutrition. These frightening images have stuck in my mind to this day.”
Even then she knew that she wanted to support UNICEF. “Now I’m a mom myself and therefore much more sensitive to the needs of children. It’s inconceivable to me how parents, for example, have to feel when they don’t know how to feed their children the next day. If my commitment can contribute to helping children, then of course I will.”
Christoph Jiinger, Managing Director of UNICEF Austria, is enthusiastic: “We really appreciate Barbara Meier’s commitment to children and their families. As a strong woman, mother and personality, we are delighted that she will join us as an honorary officer in our tireless work for the well-being and rights of children worldwide.”
Barbara Meier first became known as Germany’s next top model. She studied mathematics and has since appeared in numerous films.