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Priyanka Chopra to be honoured with Unicef humanitarian award

Unicef will honour Indian actor and former Miss World Priyanka Chopra with the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award at the Unicef Snowflake Ball in December.

Priyanka, a global Unicef Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights, took to Twitter and wrote: “So humbled. Thank you Unicef for honouring me with the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award at the Unicef Snowflake Ball in December.”

So humbled. Thank u @UNICEFUSA for honouring me with the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award at the #UNICEFSnowflake Ball in December! My work with @UNICEF on behalf of all the world’s children means everything to me..Here’s to peace freedom & the right to education #ForEveryChild pic.twitter.com/OZ4Qppc1y4

— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) June 12, 2019

The event will be held on December 3 in New York.

The 36-year-old says her work for Unicef means everything to her.

“My work with Unicef on behalf of all the world’s children means everything to me. Here’s to peace, freedom and the right to education,” she added.

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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Priyanka has worked with Unicef since 2006 and was appointed the national and global Unicef Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights in 2010 and 2016, respectively. She promotes various causes such as environment, health and education, and women’s rights and is particularly vocal about gender equality and feminism.

On the acting front, the Isn’t It Romantic actor has wrapped up shooting for Shonali Bose’s The Sky Is Pink with Farhan Akhtar.

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