These Photos Of Priyanka Chopra In Ethiopia Prove We Can Never Be Too Busy To Give Back!
That Priyanka Chopra is a global star and influence in today’s time, is a well known fact. From her wedding to her outfits in Cannes, she has been followed religiously by her loyal fans, and recently touched 40 million followers on Instagram. It also makes her voice one that has the power to impact millions of minds at once, which is exactly what the actress is on a mission to do.
If we set aside the glory of her Met gala and Cannes Red carpet looks for a minute, we’d be able to pay attention to the journey she has embarked upon with UNICEF in Ethiopia, to give voice to the voiceless kids who suffer there.
As the UNICEF brand ambassador, she took it upon herself to do her bit, making visit to Ethiopia immediately after her famous Cannes 2019 debut. She is bringing to light the perils facing refugee kids living in the country. As she was taking up questions about the same, some of her Instagram followers had a bone to pick with her. One follower asked what she was doing for her motherland, to which the global superstar replied, “I believe a child is a child and we all are global citizens and we need to care about the future of children all over the world. I have worked with UNICEF in India for many years and will continue to do so.”
She was also asked about the role she was playing in all of it and shared how, “Ethiopia is at the moment going through a silent emergency and I am going to these refugee camps to meet these kids, listen to their stories and be a voice for them, use my voice to amplify theirs to get the world to care.”
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This is Hasina (15), she is a 7th grade student who loves to go to school. She used to live with her sister and her husband, and without her knowing, her sisters’ husband was arranging her marriage to one of his friends…she was 12 at the time. One day when the man visited her house to pester her parents to marry her, she escaped to a friends house and the next day went to one of the community-based child’s marriage prevention platforms (alone), which she had heard about at school. She asked herself, if She married now, would she ever go back to school again? Hasina loves learning and wasn’t willing to trade her education or freedom for anything.That gave her the courage to stand up for herself. The community, along with the authorities, stepped in and stopped the marriage. The man was charged. It’s important to understand that it takes an immense amount of courage to go against these cultural “norms” that have existed for centuries. Hasina is a very brave girl. It was so heartening to see the elders in the community learning from the examples these young girls are setting, standing up against child marriage and female genital mutilation/cutting. Education gave these girls that perspective. This community is an example of how change is possible. FEMALE RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS. To make a difference and learn more about @Unicef’s efforts, visit UNICEF. Link in bio.
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Abda Abdulaziz, 26, arrived at the Bambasi camp in 2011 seeking refuge from the war in Sudan. Her 5 children were born in this camp and are being raised here, while her husband works as a laborer at a nearby farm – they see each other every two weeks for a few days. She said that if the violence in her country settles, she and her husband may consider going back, but she is not very hopeful that will happen. In the meantime, life in the camp allows her children to have access to an education. I met two of her daughters, Zulfa Ata Ey, 8, and Muzalefa, 10, at the primary school I had visited earlier in the day. Zulfa is at the top of her class and her mom is so proud. While they’re safe and her children are receiving an education, they are still living below the poverty line, and she’s desperate for the most basic supplies…like water, books, and clothes for her children. To donate and learn more about @Unicef’s efforts, visit UNICEF. Link in bio. (PS, the last video…Zulfa playing with my phone.)
Not one to mince her words, and well versed in supporting her words with considerable action, Priyanka Chopra has been active with her users on Instagram as she continues to answer questions on her stories and shares with the world the stories of the kids who’ve been brought up in impoverished countries, with no nutrition standards whatsoever.
When it comes to change, even a little is enough, and her efforts – both in India and outside of it – are proof that she isn’t just going to let her Insta fame be about personal gain only, but a platform to talk about what is important and what needs the attention of as many people as possible.
Her husband Nick Jonas also commended her efforts on his Instagram by way of sharing her picture with a caption that said, “@priyankachopra is so inspiring to me and so many people around the world every day. The work she does with @unicef is incredible. #proudhusband.”