Priyanka Chopra: A #GIRLHERO on and off the screen

International Day of the Girl

Every Sunday night Priyanka Chopra hunts down bad guys as FBI recruit Alex Parrish on ABC’s Quantico. It’s an impressive gig, but it’s what she does when the cameras stop rolling that make her a true #GIRLHERO.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Girl Up Champion. She even has her own charity, The Priyanka Chopra Foundation, which promotes the education of girls in India.

Priyanka was born in India, however as the daughter of two army physicians she bounced from city to city in her early years. She learned the importance of giving back at an early age; growing up her parents would set up free medical clinics in villages where people couldn’t afford treatments. “Because I traveled so much as a child, I grew up with an understanding of many different cultures,” she explained. Through her travels, she saw firsthand the plight facing adolescents – and especially girls.

“I come from a country where girls are not treated fairly – many girls are kept out of school, get married at a young age, and don’t have access to health services. Every girl should have the opportunity to reach her full potential,” she added.

This is the future Priyanka is determined to see, and it’s the reason she has dedicated so much time and energy to protecting children’s rights. In addition to the organizations she devotes time to, she also lent her voice for one of the stories in Girl Rising, a groundbreaking film which tells the true story of nine unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances.

“I participated simply because I cannot think of a cause today that is more important than ensuring girls have the same access to education as boys – and to become the women who can achieve their fullest potential,” Priyanka told the publication Sayfty when asked why she got involved with the film. “I lent my voice because I knew it would help them to be heard.”

Model. Actress. Singer. Priyanka Chopra is a woman with many titles. For using her voice and platform to speak out for girls who don’t receive an education, who aren’t treated equally, we’d like to add one more: #GIRLHERO.

Today, we honor our #GIRLHERO Priyanka Chopra. Who’s yours? Take to social media and share the photos and stories of your friends, family and female role models who you consider to be a #GIRLHERO.