“Young girls must be given their rights & be allowed to choose their career path”, says Priyanka Chopra!!

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Global icon actress Priyanka Chopra is one of the highest-paid and most popular celebrities. She has received a National Film Award and five Filmfare Awards. In 2016, the Government of India honoured her with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award. Forbes listed her among the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2017.

She has worked with UNICEF for the last ten years and was appointed as the national and global UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights in 2010 and 2016 respectively. She promotes various causes such as environment, health, education and women’s rights and is particularly vocal about gender equality and feminism.

Peecee said,” I am just an instrument of change. I am neither government nor am I Unicef. But I have voice, I have a platform which you people have given me… Some change will be done I am sure when so many of you who are here will write about it.”

An enlightening discussion with Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, Representative, UNICEF India, and Avantika and Simran, two amazing and bright adolescent girls who have been doing some amazing things. Simran fought for her right to an education amidst much adversity from her family. This spirited child ensured that she continued her education. We discussed giving voices, platforms and equal opportunities to all adolescents. To give them a chance to express what they want to do and to demand their basic rights like education. I left the conversation further encouraged and determined to continue the work that we are doing with @unicefindia! #ForEveryChild #EndChildMarriage And I would like to specially mention our partners in the media, who were such an engaging audience. I am sure they will highlight these issues meaningfully.

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Priyanka also remarked on the “increasing number of old age homes”, which, she said “might not happen if there are more daughters in the society”. “The sex ratio in some states, I got to know about, is so low, which is so dangerous.” She would like to convey it to the parents that they should not differentiate between their kids on the basis of gender.

She praised government initiatives like ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’.She added,” It our house and it is our responsibility to clean it. We have nothing to learn from anyone. We are such a logical people. We run the tech for the entire world. We can change our society on our own.” Recently PeeCee also received the Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice for her contribution towards social causes.

It was a bright sunshiny day in Delhi today and it had nothing to do with the weather. It was the energy and smiles of these amazing kids from ‘Nine is Mine’, a key partner of @unicefindia. These kids aged between 11 and 16, are active child rights advocates who relentlessly support the important issues of child education, health and protection…. not just in their own homes but also in their communities. Imagine their bravery, going out into those very communities to fight the mindsets and stigmas that were set eons ago. I salute each and every one of them. I know they will make this world a better place in their own way. Maybe we all should take a lesson from them! And… at the end of it all, they infused my morning with their infectious enthusiasm…. and so we danced. #endchildmarriage @9ism9

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She has completed A Kid Like Jake, the film adaptation of Daniel Pearle’s play directed by Silas Howard. She is also producing over a dozen regional films in various languages under her production company. Quantico star will produce and star as the astronaut Kalpana Chawla in Viacom 18 Motion Pictures’s untitled biopic.

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