Priyanka Chopra, on her Instagram account, shared pictures from her first day in Ethiopia on Monday. In the pictures, she is seen interacting with girls who are facing the brunt reality of social evils like child marriage, sexual violence, gender-based violence amongst many others.
In one of the pictures, Priyanka introduced a girl named Dagmawit, who with her friends leads the Gender Club, a UNICEF supported program that empowers girls as well as boys. While talking about them Priyanka wrote that she is inspired by the girls who are bravely dealing with the social evils and have been fighting them. In a video, Priyanka, who visited a school named Sibiste Negasi Primary School located in the Addis Ababa area, said that admissions in primary school have tripled since 2000 and assured that with UNICEF's support, the number will increase. Take a look at how she spent her first day in Ethiopia here.
Day 1: Dagmawit and her friends are leading members of the Gender Club, a @unicef supported program that empowers girls and boys. The Gender Clubs deliver relevant knowledge and skills to help the students combat harmful social practices, like gender based violence, child marriage, and sexual violence. It’s was amazing to see these brave girls take on and tackle such difficult issues and create an environment where they can teach their own peers. I’m inspired. @unicefethiopia #achildisachild #foreverychild
Day 1: My first visit was to the Sibiste Negasi Primary School in Addis Ababa. In Ethiopia, primary school enrollment between 2000 and 2017 has TRIPLED. This is because of the Ethiopian government’s investment in education and its dedication to the future of the country...but there is still so much work to do. 2.6 M children of primary and secondary school age are out of school, and 50% of children attending school drop out by grade 8. Because of poverty children are responsible for much more than just learning, like caring for siblings, walking miles to collect water and other house hold chores...things that should not be a child’s responsibility at any age. A child is a child. @unicef’s efforts, along with a very committed government, are focused on getting every child in school, ensuring every child has a quality education, and that every child completes school. Thank you Principal Abebech, Dagmawit (7th grade), and all the other students who made my first day in ethopia so special. Go to my stories to follow this trip. @unicefethiopia #achildisachild #foreverychild
Priyanka was appointed as the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2016 and has been associated with the wing for over 10 years.
Before heading to Ethiopia, Priyanka and her husband Nick Jonas were at the Cannes Film Festival 2019 held in French Riviera in France.