Salma Hayek Pinault
Producer, director, actor and activist
USA Board Member
Salma Hayek Pinault has proven herself as a prolific actress, producer, and director in both film and television. She was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and a BAFTA award for her leading role in FRIDA. She also received a Film Independent Spirit award nomination for her title role in the acclaimed BEATRIZ AT DINNER. Her upcoming films Bliss, Eternals, and Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard are slated to release in 2021.
Hayek Pinault has been an activist for over 25 years. For the past 11 years, she has worked alongside her husband Francois-Henri Pinault and the Kering Foundation in multiple initiatives aimed at helping women in many parts of the world facing sexual, physical, and mental abuse and discrimination. In 2013, Hayek Pinault partnered with Gucci and co-founded CHIME FOR CHANGE, an initiative to advance the education, health, and justice of girls and women around the world and amplifies the voices speaking out for global gender equality. In 2015, she visited Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon alongside UNICEF and mounted the Chime for Education campaign to raise money to educate refugee children. Most recently, she has launched the #StandWithWomen campaign to combat violence against women during the coronavirus lockdown.
Hayek Pinault has dedicated much of her time over the last 30 years to social activism and philanthropy. In celebration of Earth Day, Hayek Pinault visited the Arctic Circle in an effort to bring attention to the dangers that global warming is putting on the lives of the Inuit people and the rest of the world. She has been named the Global Patron for MOTHERS2MOTHERS, an organisation with which she traveled to South Africa to assist in their work to educate and help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in East and South Africa. In 2017, Hayek Pinault spearheaded fundraising efforts for the earthquake victims in her native Mexico and helped in raising nearly a million dollars for UNICEF. In addition, she partnered with the Pepsico Foundation and Habitat for Humanity in an initiative where they were able to deliver 180 houses for the displaced victims of the earthquake. She was also on the board of V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, and has worked on several projects with Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.
Hayek Pinault has served as a spokesperson for the Pampers/UNICEF partnership worldwide which helped to stop the spread of life-threatening maternal and neonatal tetanus. She has also acted as a spokesperson for the Avon Foundation’s SPEAK OUT AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE program, which provides support for victims and focuses on domestic violence education, awareness, and prevention. In 2005, she spoke in front of the US Senate to encourage its members to extend the Violence Against Women Act. In January 2006, the legislation was passed, ensuring that 3.9 billion dollars would be allocated to thousands of domestic violence crises and intervention agencies throughout the US.
For more than a decade Hayek Pinault has worked with Pro Mujer supporting women in Latin America with micro-financing. Early in her career, Hayek Pinault worked with different small organisations in Mexico City aiding children that lived in the sewers and visited Calcutta, India, in 1996 to work in the hospices of Mother Teresa.