Kuala Lumpur, 21 February 2017 – Lisa Surihani was announced today as UNICEF’s newest National Ambassador in Malaysia. The homegrown Malaysian talent will henceforth be lending her celebrity voice to advocate for the rights of children across the country.
“I have always been interested in issues affecting children and young people in Malaysia, and being a UNICEF Ambassador presents the perfect opportunity to get involved on a personal level,” said Lisa. “It’s an honour to assume this important role of bringing child rights to the attention of Malaysians. It’s also exciting to be part of the efforts to keep children happy, healthy and safe in Malaysia and on a global front.”
“As a mother myself, I am more aware than ever of the care, love and resources a child needs. The best way to strengthen Malaysian society tomorrow is to give marginalised and most vulnerable children an opportunity today. Investing in children should not only be my personal choice, it should be our collective responsibility, and I am happy to play my part alongside UNICEF,” Lisa added.
In her capacity as National Ambassador, Lisa will be involved in promoting and advancing the rights of children in Malaysia and globally through UNICEF’s various initiatives and campaigns. Her support will include efforts towards the elimination of all types of violence and abuse against children, integration of children with disabilities, safer use of Internet and early childhood education.
Speaking on the occasion, the UNICEF Representative in Malaysia, Marianne Clark-Hattingh said, “Lisa is a natural fit for the role of UNICEF National Ambassador in Malaysia. Her passion for children’s rights, her outspoken attitude and her positive spirit are well known and was evident from the moment we met her. We both believe everyone has the potential to positively change the life of a child. I am certain that Lisa’s coming onboard will help bring issues affecting children and young people in Malaysia into the public domain with a view of giving all children in Malaysia a fair chance to develop to their full potential.”
Lisa Surihani joins animated characters Upin & Ipin, two other UNICEF National Ambassadors in Malaysia alongside a galaxy of global celebrity goodwill ambassadors for children, including Priyanka Chopra, Amir Khan, Jackie Chan, Agnes Chan and Sachin Tendulkar.
For more than half a century, UNICEF’s goodwill ambassadors have helped to protect the rights and improve the lives of children and women around the world. By creating public awareness of children’s issues and helping to mobilize resources, the celebrities who work with us send a clear message that children are a priority.
In Malaysia, UNICEF has been working since 1954 alongside the Government and other partners to build an environment in which all children can grow to fulfill their full potential.
About Lisa Surihani
Lisa is regarded as the Malaysian Sweetheart, due to her multiple achievements in the entertainment industry of Malaysia. She has won various awards as the Best Female Actress, acted in a number of movies that proved to be box office hits and has a number of highly rated serials and dramas to her credit. At the same time, she is an affectionate and caring mother and wife. Lisa has also been the ambassador for various popular brands, Malaysian and international. She is also one of the top Malaysian artists with regards to her social media engagements.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: http://www.unicef.my/