Model UN? Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan to Join Ban Ki-Moon’s Girl Child Initative

Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan met with Ban Ki-Moon in India, showed interest in UN's girl child initiative. (Photo: Times of India)

Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan met with Ban Ki-Moon in India, showed interest in UN's girl child initiative. (Photo: Times of India)

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will work on the United Nations’ initiative in support of girl children, having accepted UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s offer to work on the campaign during the latter’s visit to India. Rai Bachchan, who gave birth to her first child–a baby girl–almost six months ago, discussed the opportunity with Ki-Moon at a dinner hosted by Mukesh and Nita Ambani.

The 38-year-old actress was also seen talking to Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization, and Deputy Executive Director for UNICEF Geeta Rao Gupta, among others. The goal is to launch a global awareness campaign for the girl child, shedding light on the high rates of female infanticide in developing nations.

India has a notoriously high rate of female infanticide, and a strong sense of preference for male children. 2011 Census data revealed a child sex ratio of 914 female against 1,000 male–the lowest since Independence.

During the course of Rai Bachchan’s pregnancy, her family fought hard against allegations that they were hoping for a boy–father-in-law and Bollywood stalwart Amitabh Bachchan went so far as to threaten legal action against papers carrying such rumors.

Rai Bachchan has participated in a number of philanthropic causes, including The Eye Bank Association of India, Pulse Polio and Smile Train.

Sabrina Siddiqui is the editor-in-chief of Divanee.com.

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