UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra is one of India’s most popular actresses with global following.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra is one of India’s most popular actresses with global following. She has won accolades internationally and is acknowledged for her acting prowess. Most importantly, she is an icon for youth across world, especially girls. For young Indian women, the actress symbolizes power and strength.
Priyanka Chopra was appointed as Global UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2016. Priyanka Chopra has now been associated with UNICEF for almost a decade and a half. She has worked with UNICEF since 2006, recording public-service announcements and participating in media panel discussions promoting children's rights and the education of girls, and also participated in celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
In 2010, she was appointed a UNICEF National Ambassador, tasked specifically with promoting child rights and adolescence. She has partnered with UNICEF to feature in videos and advertisements aimed at building awareness for child rights and the need to create healthy environments for children, filled with opportunities to blossom.
Priyanka Chopra is also known for her contribution to social causes, particularly those involving children. She has been associated with a number of NGOs to raise awareness about ways to improve the condition of the girl child in India.
She has also been a part of the UN’s global “Girl Up” campaign, which envisions a world where all girls, no matter where they live, have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted and positioned to be the next generation of leaders.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas has travelled to many countries across the world, including, Jordon, Ethiopia and Bangladesh to meet refugee children who have fled their countries due to conflict and humanitarian crises.
Among the key UNICEF campaigns that Ms Chopra has been associated in India is the campaign aims at strengthening adolescent and young women’s groups through imparting to members life skills, enterprise skills and networking skill training.
Ms Chopra has also helped to publicize the UNICEF supported campaigns, which urge supporters to get actively involved and demand the rights for adolescent girls across the country especially those who are excluded and marginalized. She has also given her voice to the “End Violence against Children” campaign, which aims at raising awareness about different forms of violence, including physical, emotional and sexual, and child marriage.
Ms Chopra says of her support for children’s causes: “Children are the future of our country and ensuring a safe and healthy environment along with appropriate opportunities to blossom is key to a brighter future for these children as well as our country. I am glad to be associated with UNICEF and its various programmes that aim at empowering the children and adolescents. I strongly advocate that we need to give these children more opportunities to grow in their life. I personally feel that our regular efforts in empowering the adolescent girls will contribute to the growth of our country.”
Ms Chopra has helped create awareness around a wide range of children’s issues and encouraged parents, caregivers, policymakers and other prominent members of society to take notice of the issues and work towards combatting them. UNICEF is very grateful to her for her support over many years.