Addis Ababa: Slumdog Millionaire actress Freida Pinto, the global ambassador of the Because I am A Girl Campaign (BIAAG), visited Ethiopia for the first time as part of her role to support Plan International's projects. She says educating and empowering girls is the way forward worldwide.
Because I Am a Girl (BIAAG) is Plan's global initiative.
Launched Oct 11, 2012, it is aimed to create sustainable projects
in developing countries to give girls access to clean water, food,
health care, education and protection from violence and
"If we educate and empower girls, they will reach their fullest
potential, pulling themselves and their families out of every
problem they might possibly face" said Freida. "I am truly inspired
by the determination and courage of the girls I have met in the
places I have visited in Ethiopia," she added.
The actress, known for her role as Latika in Danny Boyle's 2008
Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, stayed there for
three days and visited the projects that have been undertaken in
different areas, including Addis Ababa as well as in Shebedino
District, Leko City of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and
Peoples Region (SNNPR).
Freida was impressed by Plan Ethiopia's efforts in bringing a lasting change to the lives of children in the country. She also visited schools where she interacted with students and teachers as well as discussed the programs and projects that are undertaken by women in the society with the support of Plan Ethiopia, where she met young and adults who are involved in so many projects. (IANS)
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Freida Pinto Introduces Ways Of Protecting Girls
The actress envisions starting a kind of gender sensitisation
program in Ethiopia to introduce ways of protecting children, girls
through knowledge and skills and to have safe and quality learning
environments. Because she says, gender sensitisation programs do
not only need to be given at schools, but also at homes which makes
it easier to start creating awareness since it is a program
protecting girls as well as children.
Freida Pinto Disires To Address Girls-Related Issues
Born in Oct 18, 1984, to a Mangalorean Catholic family, it was
her greatest desire to address issues that have not been given
attentions to. She was involved in children's choirs, and groups
helping children from non-well to do families and so on.
Freida Also Supported Agassi Foundation
She was the only Indian actress to join tennis stars Andre
Agassi and Steffi Graf in support of their humanitarian
organisation - Agassi Foundation, in their annual fund raiser
titled, the '15th Grand Slam for Children', aimed at raising funds
for the education of under-privileged children.
Freida Joined Gucci's Sampaign To Support Women
In 2013, Freida appeared in a video clip for Gucci's Chime for
Change campaign to raise funds and awareness of women's issues in
terms of education, health and justice. In April 2013, the actress
collaborated with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, and World Bank
president Jim Yong Kim for the Call to Action-Girl Raising Campaign
Freida Supporting Children And Girls Since 2012
It is her interest in supporting children as well as girls that
made her the ambassador since July 2012. She voices, advocates, and
lobbies about girls concerns on international forums.
Frieda Committed To Support Plan Ethiopia
"She is committed to support Plan Ethiopia by fundraising and by
globally announcing its achievements," said Amanuel Teferi,
communication and marketing head at Plan Ethiopia.
Anil Kapoor And Dev Patel Support Plan India
Indian actor Anil Kapoor, who also starred in Slumdog
Millionaire, is an ambassador for Plan India. He donated his
entire fee from the movie to the NGOs universal Birth Registration
campaign. Dev Patel, who also acted in Slumdog
Millionaire, was also part of the Plan's fundraising work,
where over 2,000 pounds were collected in Mumbai.
Plan Established In 1937
Established in 1937, Plan is a child-centered community
development organisation. It works in a total of 69 countries. It
has been working sin Ethiopia since 1995 in Addis Ababa, Oromia
Regional State, Amhara Regional State, and SNNPR.