Bollywood Actor Farhan Akhtar is announced as UN Women’s First Male Goodwill Ambassador in South Asia. This is the first time when any male celebrity is appointed as UN Women goodwill ambassador and he is now ranking with actresses Nicole Kidman and Emma Watson, tennis player Sania Mirza and Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand.
A Bollywood superstar actor, singer and filmmaker–who recently became the first male ambassador for U.N. Women, an agency that focuses on gender equality. He’s also an advocate for the U.N.’s HeForShe campaign, designed to encourage men to stand up for gender equality.
Farhan Akhtar was appointed a U.N. Women goodwill ambassador to South Asia in November 2014. At the 59th Commission on the Status of Women conference in Manhattan last week, he spoke during a panel on ending violence against women and sang at an event attended by former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and Academy Award-winning actress Patricia Arquette.
Farhan has an active social media presence. In 2013 Farhan Akhtar founded the organization MARD, a Hindi word for man and also an acronym for MEN AGAINST RAPE AND DISCRIMINATION. The organization engages young male students in India, usually ages 15 to 16, in conversations about redefining concepts of masculinity in a country where nearly half of girls are married by the time they’re 18.
Akhtar has also worked with Magic Bus, a Mumbai-based organization that helps Indian families send their daughters to school. In many cases, families will educate sons rather than daughters if they face financial constraints–and 65 million girls across the world are not in school.
So it is a proud moment for India and Bollywood that Bollywood Actor Farhan Akhtar is announced as UN Women’s Goodwill ambassador.
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