Freida Pinto Feminism to me is equality
EXCLUSIVE: Freida Pinto Talks Feminism, Fame And Angelina Jolie
Ahead of Girl Summit 2014, actress Freida Pinto talks feminism, fame and why Angelina Jolie inspires her
You’ll know Freida Pinto as the breakout star of Danny Boyle’s 2008 Brit movie,Slumdog Millionaire, and she’s soon to co-star alongside Natalie Portman and Christian Bale in the forthcomingKnight of Cups. Today though, she’s not talking about movies. She’s got something more important going on.
As Plan International’s Girls’ Rights Ambassador, Freida Pinto is fast following in the humanitarian footsteps of Hollywood starlets like Angelina Jolie, Emma Watson and Beyonce, using their fame to help shine a spotlight on issues affecting women and girls around the world.
Ahead of her closing speech at Girl Summit 2014,Marie Clairespeaks exclusively to Freida about her work with Plan International and why, right now, it’s time to galvanise efforts and keep talking in order to end FGM and forced child marriage in a generation.
Freida Pinto speaks at UNICEF’s Innovate 2 Educate event in New York
There’s a swell of momentum surrounding women’s and girl’s rights. Why do you think it’s finally happening now, in 2014?
I think it’s been happening for a while but we go through phases. There are events in history thatshouldhave shaped the future for women differently, but they haven’t so far and that’s been frustrating. But now there’s a huge amount of awareness and technology has made it possible for people to come together and not isolate their struggles. The struggles of a girl from Africa aren’t that different to those of a girl in India, and in turn, a girl in America. No matter how modern and educated she might think her community or society is, there’s still sexual violence against women, there’s still rape, there’s still FGM carried out in places like Australia, New Zealand, America and the UK where there are large immigrant populations. I think technology has made it easier for people to come together, and their voices are united and louder than ever before. We couldn’t do that before the Internet.
This is the first Girl Summit the UK has hosted.
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