Over 125 million girls and women, across twenty nine countries, have suffered the ill effects of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). According to UNICEF figures, one out of every three women between the age of twenty and twenty four are married before they turned eighteen and around eleven percent of women population wed before they turn fifteen.
To bring an end to these age-old evils, the first Girl Summit, in partnership with the UNICEF, is being hosted in the UK. Among those making their presence are UK’s Home Minister, Theresa May, Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and actor-activist Freida Pinto. Tomorrow, Freida will deliver the closing speech, along with UK’s Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg.
Speaking about the cause, Freida Pinto stated, “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.”
Horrified that the practices continue in India too, Frida has decided to raise her voice against the violation of human rights. “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 fulfil her potential,” she says.
Earlier, Frieda was part of the 2013 feature, Girl Rising directed by Academy Award nominee Richard E. Robbins. The story of nine girls from nine countries, it had narrations by Anne Hataway, Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, Chloe Grace Moretz, Salma Hayek, Meryl Streep, Alicia Keys and Kerry Washington. Frieda gave the Call for Action, reaching out to the people to build a movement.
On the professional front, Freida Pinto has wrapped up two films, Terrence Malick’s Knight Of Cups, an American drama co-starring Christian Bale, Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett and Richard Raymond’s biopic, Desert Dancer on Afshin Ghaffarian who risked his life to become a dancer despite a nationwide dancing ban in Iran.
The films could open towards the year end or early 2015. Before that, Freida will start another film in the last quarter of 2014. “It’s a biopic which she will not only act in but also co-produce it,” says a source.
Over 125 million girls and women, across twenty nine countries, have suffered the ill effects of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). According to UNICEF ...3.0