In her role as Girl Up Champion, Chopra will help raise awareness and funds for UN programs that provide girls around the world with life-changing opportunities like the chance to go to school, see a doctor and stay safe from violence.
“As a Champion for Girl Up, I am lending my voice to a cause that is very close to me. I come from a country where girls are not treated fairly – many girls are kept out of school, get married at a young age, and don’t have access to health services,” said Chopra. “I am joining Girl Up because I firmly believe in the campaign’s mission, that every girl, no matter where she is born, should grow up safe, healthy and empowered. Every girl should have the opportunity to reach her full potential.”
A Bollywood icon and an Indian National Film Award-winner, Chopra has starred in dozens of films and has become one of India’s most celebrated actresses. She is launching her music career with the release of her forthcoming debut album. Chopra also serves as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and is involved in a number of efforts to protect children’s rights and promote the education of girls in India. She is one of the narrators, alongside Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, of the film Girl Rising.
“Priyanka is a strong advocate for adolescent girls. In addition to being a widely respected actress and singer, she brings a personal passion and drive to uplift girls around the world,” said Melissa Hillebrenner, director of Girl Up. “Together with Priyanka and her global platform, Girl Up will continue its work to advance the needs and rights of girls everywhere.”