Trisha Krishnan has become the first actress from south India to be honored with the UNICEF celebrity advocate status on Monday in Chennai.
Speaking at an event in Chennai, Job Zechariah, Chief of UNICEF Tamil Nadu & Kerala said, “Trisha is an icon for the adolescents and the young people.”
“She has the power to amplify the children’s issues and address the violation of child rights in the family, community and in public spaces,” he said.
She will also promote education and health of adolescents and the value of girl child in family and society.Trisha is the first film actress from South India to receive the recognition by UNICEF, he added.
In her address, Trisha said, “I feel honoured with this recognition. I commit myself to cry more awareness on health, education, nutrition and protection of children, especially the adolescent 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. To stop child abuse, we should create awareness. Sex education is a taboo here in our society, it should change “, she added.
She further said: “Girls education is the magic bullet, it will change all the shortcomings in the society.”