Priyanka Chopra inspires teenage girls to aim high with UNICEF
Published on Aug 12, 2014

To mark International Youth Day 2014, Bollywood Actress and International Recording Artist Priyanka Chopra visited young women in Chandrapur, India to witness how their lives are being transformed through the Building Young Futures Deepshikha programme, which is run by UNICEF in partnership with Barclays.

In India there are around 243 million adolescents who are facing rising youth unemployment. Life can be particularly hard for young women as they face the challenges of limited economic opportunities and access to training and employment, which reinforce broader issues of discrimination, early marriage, violence and poverty.

Priyanka Chopra has been supporting UNICEF’s adolescent work in India for eight years. During her visit she met young women from the programme and saw how they are being empowered to help fulfil their potential.

Building Young Futures is a global partnership between Barclays and UNICEF that aims to unlock the potential of young people from disadvantaged communities. Through the programme in India young women are receiving peer to peer support in developing the life, enterprise and financial skills they need to overcome the challenges they face to become strong, financially independent women as well as agents of change in their communities.

Priyanka Chopra said: “Girls have the ability to transform their own lives, develop their own enterprises and help grow India’s economy. The Building Young Futures programme being implemented by UNICEF in collaboration with Barclays is giving them the vital skills and support they need to make this happen.


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