Priyanka Chopra speaks up for Women Empowerment at UNGA


IANS,with inputs from Avantika

New York, September 20: Actress Priyanka Chopra, a UN Goodwill Ambassador, spoke up for women empowerment and felicitated an Indian woman working towards supporting acid attack victims, at the Global Goals Awards at the UN General Assembly in New York.

She presented the Leadership Award to Ria Sharma, who works towards supporting acid attack survivors. Ria founded Make Love Not Scars (MLNS), which is an organization that actively supports survivors of acid attacks physically and mentally.

Priyanka shared that the organisation had ensured that the survivors receive free treatment under a Supreme Court order for the welfare of acid victims.


The National Award winner posted a series of photographs and said it was an honour for her to speak at the UN Global Goals Awards on the importance of empowering girls.

“We all need to come together and work to empower, educate, create opportunities and impart skill sets so that we can be their catalysts for change and to help them build their brave new world. If possible, a safe one where they can live their dreams and laugh together as one,” she wrote.

Priyanka said she had the opportunity to meet the youngest Unicef goodwill ambassador, Muzoon Al-Mellehan also known as the ‘Syrian Malala’ .


Priyanka, who has often spoken on child rights and gender issues, shared on a social media platform today a photograph of herself from the event, highlighting  the roles played by a girl to make progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.