Freida Pinto is taking time off from her busy schedule to speak out for girls’ rights.
The actress will be delivering the closing speech at the first ever Girl Summit on Tuesday. The event, organized in partnership with UNICEF, is being hosted in the UK and features decision makers and influencers discussing important issues that face girls worldwide today. Pinto will be in good company joining the likes of UK’s Home Minister, Theresa May and Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
“Girls and women have the right to live free from violence and discrimination and achieve their potential, but some of them are being prevented from doing so by these harmful practices which are illegal in the UK,” Pinto has said about the issue.
Some of those harmful actions are Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), which according to UNICEF, over 125 million girls and women, across 29 countries have been forced to go through, and arranged marriages performed before they are of age. UNICEF estimates one out of every three women between the age of 20 and 24 was married before they were 18 years old, and, 23 million girls (11 percent of the world’s population) has been forced to marry before they were 15 years old.
“At the summit, I will discuss how ending child marriage and FGM can preserve a girl’s childhood, promote her education, and reduce her exposure to violence and abuse, allowing her to make choices about her future and fulfill her potential,” said Pinto.
The speech is part of Pinto’s continuos efforts for girls and women’s rights. She has been an ambassador for ‘Because I am a Girl’ for two years promoting sustainable projects in developing countries that can protect and encourage girls to succeed in the future.
Pinto has been live tweeting from the event all week posting photos and comments about the people she’s met and the causes they all stand to fight for.
After delivering the closing speech, Pinto will likely go back to focus on her movie projects. She has one bio-pic coming out later this year in which she acted and also co-produced, and she just wrapped filming two other movies that will come out in 2015.
Talk about setting the example for empowering women!
Photo Credit: twitter.com/BecauseImFreida