South queen Trisha Krishnan has been honored with the UNICEF celebrity advocate status today in Chennai.
The actress will voice the rights of children including adolescents and young people and lend support to efforts for addressing anemia, child marriage, child labour in Tamilnadu and Kerala.
Announcing this at a special function to mark the World Children's Day, Mr. 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. 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".
Speaking at the occasion, 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 ", added Trisha.
" Girls education is the magic bullet, it will change all the shortcomings in the society", said the actress.
"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", Trisha added.
Talking about films influencing children in the society, Trisha said " Unfortunately, a few things we show in films influence people. But education will help children to differentiate fantasy and reality. What we show in films are fantasy".
"As an advocate, I should educate people and create awareness. Children shouldn't fear of talking", signed off Trisha