Charlize Theron named United Nations messenger of peace

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Oscar-winning South African-born actress Charlize Theron was named a United Nations messenger of peace on Friday, with a special focus on ending violence against women.

Messengers of peace, of which there will now be 10, are celebrities mainly from the fields of film, music, literature and sport who are charged with promoting U.N. activities and ideals through public appearances and media contacts.

Theron, 33, won an Academy Award for her role in the 2003 movie “Monster,” in which she played serial killer Aileen Wuornos, who came from a background of violence and abuse and was executed in Florida in 2002.…