Bollywood actress and international popstar Priyanka Chopra says that girls should be given equal rights to speak up about what they wish to do with their lives. If they’re given that freedom, they can do wonders.
A girl from Bareilly grew up and is now popular all over the world – this is the story of Priyanka Chopra, who used her exceptional talent to achieve what other middle-class girls also can. She’s been an inspiration and an example to every girl who thinks they’re inferior to the opposite sex. This positive change in people’s minds towards girls can bring about prosperity in the country.
She also says that she owes it all to her parents, who supported her and let her live the life she desired.
“I am very fortunate… Not every girl child is as lucky as me,” Priyanka said.
“I come from a very small town and from a middle-class family. I don’t come from an affluent background, I don’t come from somewhere where my life was about pubs and discotheques. Despite that, my parents gave me an opportunity to be whoever I wanted to be, they educated me, they gave me values and they gave me a great life by always going out of the way,” said the 31-year-old.
“They (several girls) don’t even have the ability to have a say or have a choice in their lives, or in what their future will be. And that is something that deserves a change in this country,” added the actress-singer, who is now the face of NDTV-Vedanta’s Our Girls Our Pride campaign.
Priyanka, who was born in Jamshedpur, has voiced concerns for child rights and, also specifically, for the girl child, for as long as one can remember.
She recalls how her parents molded her into the issue since her childhood itself. She says, “My mother is a gynaecologist, my father was a surgeon… so as a kid, I remember how every few weeks we used to take the ambulance and go to the villages with doctors and a few nurses when we used to stay in Bareilly (in Uttar Pradesh, where she spent some parts of her formative years).
“I was eight or nine years old then. My mom did IVF and fertility for women, and I always saw her providing women who couldn’t have kids with children – whether boys or girls.”
“Children were an important part of my upbringing. So when I became Miss World, I got really involved with the Miss World Foundation and I started associating with a lot of NGOs and people who would help with the cause,” she added.
She added. “We are a huge nation of many types of people. To bring about a change in a nation, which has so many different kinds of thoughts, religions, and cultures… it will be hard. As Indians, we need to accept that.
“But as human beings, we also need to accept that we are in a world where the child sex ratio in India stands at 840 girls per 1,000 boys (as per 2011 census). It’s ridiculous. I think it will take time for the kind of change we’re looking for. Of course, it will take time, but I’m not delusional and say we are going to eradicate all ill practices. That’s not going to happen.”
“But, yes, I see momentum and that is positive,” added Priyanka Chopra.