Priyanka, Irfan Pathan pledge support for adolescent girls

Published: 26th December 2012 08:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th December 2012 08:58 AM   |  A+A-

UNICEF goodwill ambassador Priyanka Chopra and Delhi Daredevils cricketer Irfan Pathan on Tuesday jointly pledged their support for adolescent girls at the launch of ‘The Cheer-o-Meter’ ( website.

The website is a digital extension of the UNICEF and Delhi Daredevils ‘Dare to Care’ partnership for empowering adolescent girls. The campaign also meant to promote education and equal opportunities for girls and reducing discrimination against women.

Urging the people to join the cause, Priyanka Chopra said “Even today, millions of girls continue to be deprived of their right to education. Early marriage keeps lakhs of girls from completing their studies. If you want this situation to change, become a part of our ‘Dare to Care’ team. Our support will help these girls to fight for their rights. I urge my fans to log into and demonstrate that they dare to care for adolescent girls.”

Referring to the incident of gang-rape of a young girl in Delhi, Priyanka said “What happened is a heinous crime. I call for stringent punishment for the accused. But I also want the protests to be peaceful. The youth have come together for the first time. I want a relook at women’s rights in this country.

“We live in a male-dominated society. The attitude towards girls should change. They should be valued as much as boys.”

Reaching out to millions of cricket lovers across the country, Irfan Pathan said, “The entire Delhi Daredevils team is appealing to all our supporters to join hands in the fight for providing equal opportunities to adolescent girls. Delhi Daredevils, in association with UNICEF India, needs you to bring about change.”


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