Busy shooting for the second season of her US television show, Quantico, Priyanka Chopra took a break to participate in UNICEF’s Girl Rising campaign, talking about what it’s like to be a girl in India, in a one-minute video.
Is it easy being born a girl in India, Chopra is asked at the beginning of the video.
She replies: “It’s very, very difficult to be a girl in India. Since the time we are born we are not valued enough as compared to the boys. We are told that a girl is ‘paraya dhan’ (belongs to others). If a family doesn’t have a son, then when somebody dies, they don’t get to heaven.”
Chopra also talks about a very important fact: that education equips anyone to deal with anything in life. The video ends with the phrase: “We rise because of our teachers.”
Chopra is brand ambassador for the Girl Rising campaign, which aims to promote education for girls around the world. In 2010, the actress was appointed a UNICEF national ambassador for children’s rights.
She tweeted the Girl Rising video on her social media account on Monday.
Having put herself firmly on the word map, any message from Priyanka Chopra is sure to make people sit up and take notice.
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