India first shook hands with United Nations on the eve of 30th October,
1945. Since then, India has been involved in various peace-making
operations and charity agencies. Along with it's campaigns, Bollywood is
also being noticed by one and all across the globe as various known
celebrities make their way to become Brand Ambassadors to a variety of
UN agencies that seek to promote welfare and raise awareness in
preventing a number of diseases. As the World United Nations Day
approaches, BollyCurry is here with something different; to showcase
those B-Town celebrities who have given their precious time to do
something commendable with the UN.
blue-eyed beauty was appointed as the Brand Ambassador for the United
Nations' AIDS Agency. It was founded for the sole purpose of promoting
awareness of AIDS in India and 21 other African countries which,
according to statistics, rated high in terms of HIV victims. Being a
mother herself, Aish stated in a UNAIDS interview that "I can relate to
the joys and concerns of a mother, hence I would like every child to be
born HIV free." She has spoken in various public assemblies and has also
attended a number of charity events in order to promote information and
awareness about this disease to a large audience.
legendary Big B has always been keen on spreading knowledge and
awareness and thus was appointed as a Brand Ambassador for violence
against children campaign. In an interview, he mentioned that "Just
because you cannot see violence against children, doesn't mean that it
is not there." Since he has a huge fan following, Mr Bachchan uses his
social networking connections to spread the word rapidly. The trend
of #ENDviolence was initiated by UNICEF and then adopted by Big B in
India, which created huge waves on social networking sites. The
awareness of violence against children has been a priority of the UN in
India ever since the December 2012 gang rape of a 22 year old girl in
a mother of two, Kajol
was appointed the Brand Ambassador position for
UN's hand-washing campaign. The UN has been working on reducing the
number of infection-causing diseases which resulted from not using
hand-washing soaps. Kajol
traveled to the United States of America where
she attended many high profile events and promoted the hand-wash
campaign in numerous cities. She also went on to become an advocate for
the "Help a Child Reach 5" campaign. She attended a global conference
alongside influential UN authorities, where she got the chance to lend
her voice in speaking about the awareness of using hygienic products to
promote better healthy living standards.
Mr. Perfectionist has always been in the limelight for his public awareness events. From promoting his flick - 3 Idiots - in
numerous villages across India, to setting press conferences where the
importance of rural areas was defended, Aamir has always been keen on
developing India to make it a better living place for it's people.
Therefore, he was appointed as the Goodwill Brand Ambassador by the UN
and there's been no looking back. Aamir has attended meetings with the
Prime Minister and other state ministers of India where they exchanged
opinions of social justice and empowerment of people. He also went ahead
to produce the much talked about TV show Satyamev Jayate, which
focused on bringing to attention the major plights and problems that
local people in India faced including dowry, sexual assaults, child
abuse and various other real life cases.
's footsteps, PC was appointed as the Brand Ambassador
for Child Rights and Adolescence by UNICEF. She attended a media panel
discussion to promote child rights and also recorded a series of public
service announcements that raised awareness for the right to education
for girls in India. UN officers praised Priyanka's enthusiasm and
commitment in which she gave her time to improve the lives of children,
raise funds for UNICEF programs and spread awareness about the same
through popular social networking sites.
Tagore, Manisha Koirala, Shabana Azmi amongst many others have also
been appointed as UN Brand Ambassadors in the past years for several
awareness schemes. The speed with which Bollywood is progressing, not
only with reel films but also in real life, which make a difference to
thousands of people, BollyCurry only hope to see a better India and all
in all, a better world to live in. We now take your leave
but before exiting, please do take a moment to jot your own
contributions and suggestions towards spreading global awareness.
Writer: Sonia R.
Editor(s): Saraa K. & Jenifer Y.
Graphicer: Aanchal V.