For three weeks starting on May 21, celebrities are turning over their social media accounts to frontline workers, policymakers, and health experts to share perspectives on the importance of a coordinated, global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The #PassTheMic initiative is part of ONE’s ONE World campaign, which is calling for a response to the virus that protects the most vulnerable, supports those worst hit economically, strengthens health systems, and creates a more equal world.
Taking over actor Hugh Jackman’s Instagram story on Tuesday, former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf noted the importance of global cooperation in combating the virus:
“Isolation and closed borders internally or internationally cannot be achieved in this interconnected world of travel and communication. This was made very evident to us in our Liberian experience; restrained movement of people in international borders led to violence and loss of confidence in the government by the people.”
President Sirleaf further discussed how the pandemic will change our global consciousness for the better:
“This will lead to renewed concern and interest in the systems of countries – both political systems and health systems – recognizing the need to reduce the inequities of this world and to be able to ensure that there is a better world where no one is truly left behind and can face a disease all on their own because of the interdependence of our global environment.”
Over the coming weeks, Amujae Coach Vera Songwe is set to take over actor Tessa Thompson’s Instagram account, while Amujae Coach Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala will be taking over actor Danai Gurira’s account.
Read more about the campaign here.