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Freida Pinto bats for girl empowerment in Ethiopia

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 exploitation.

"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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