Bollywood actress and former Miss World, Aishwarya Rai, has been appointed as the UN Goodwill Ambassador for UNAIDS. The 38-year-old is pretty excited upon being selected and she has said that she will not be just a ‘poster girl’ for the organisation but will help break social barriers which are attached with disease.
Aishwarya’s name was announced at a press conference by the UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe and now the actress will create awareness among the children and will advocate for increased access of anti-retroviral treatment.
Aishwarya, who feels honoured and privileged, shared her thoughts with the media at the press conference.
“I will initially be like a student, holding the hand of the organisation which will lead me to the real picture on the ground,” Aishwarya, wearing a chic black dress said at the press conference.
“I dont want to be just a poster girl, dont want to be just part of a platform that will have my face and quotes and voice,” Aishwarya said.
While speaking on her inclusion, Aishwarya revealed that she had many offers from UN before but she turned them down because of her busy Bollywood schedule. However, now she is happy as she can contribute her part.
“Now I am planning my time forward,” she said.
“This is a turning point in my life. I wanted to be associated with the UN at a time when I could actually contribute to the work and the causes,” she said.
The actress insisted that in her country most of the women affected with the disease don’t come forward to get the medical care due to the fear of social stigmas and lack of education.
Aishwarya said she will spread awareness among women and children that there is hope for them and they should come forward to get adequate medical treatment for themselves.
“By coming on board, I hope to give further impetus to the work that UNAIDS has done and further contribute to the help spread the message,” Aishwarya said.