Trisha, who has emerged the first south Indian actress to be conferred with the ‘UNICEF Celebrity advocate’ status to voice for child rights in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, apparently has big plans.
According to sources, the actress will tour the two states at frequent intervals, to study the situation and to improve the conditions of children with the help of the UN body. “This, she will do, without disturbing her film career,” sources added.
Speaking at an event in Chennai on Monday where she was conferred with the honour, Trisha said, “I feel honoured with this recognition. I commit myself to create more awareness on health, education, nutrition and protection of children, especially the adolescents and young people in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. I would support the efforts of government to make Tamil Nadu malnutrition-free and open defecation free.”
“If all the girls attend school up to 18 years, we can eliminate child marriage and child labour. In long run, girl’s education will also contribute to reduction of maternal and infant mortality and malnutrition among children,” she said.
She said girls education is a magic bullet to eliminate social evils like child marriage and child labour.