To inspire and gather the support of India’s 253 million adolescents towards the cause of children and young people, UNICEF Assam appoints young singing sensation Nahid Afrin as the first ever Youth Advocate today at a public ceremony in Guwahati.
UNICEF’s association with Nahid as a youth advocate is part of the initiatives and events to advocate for child rights in the northeastern region.
An adolescent girl from Biswanath Chariali in Assam, Nahid Afrin is an Indian playback singer who made her debut in the 2016 Bollywood film Akira starring Sonakshi Sinha in the lead role. She was awarded as the best female singer 2017 for the song “Dhuniya Joon” and also received the best female playback singer award 2018 at the Assam state Film Award 2018.
Through her appointment as a youth advocate, she would act as a role model who will inspire millions of children and young people to take action in making the world a better place and ensuring that their rights are respected.
‘’I feel honored to be the youth advocate for UNICEF Assam. I am hopeful that I will be able to encourage and motivate more and more children to achieve their dreams. Singing has been my passion and I aspire to be a successful singer in the future. I am grateful to my music fans for their support, I am what I am today for all the love that they have given me. I would humbly appeal to all my fans to connect and spread the message – let’s fight and show our support for the rights of children, let’s stand together against all forms of violence and exploitation on children’’, said Nahid Afrin in an official statement.
Addressing the media present at the venue, Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, Representative, UNICEF India Office said that Nahid Afrin, a young singing sensation in the country has the potential of inspiring millions of young people to realize their dreams and aspirations. UNICEF believes that the voice of this young population makes more impact as they have a unique power to galvanize their peers around issues they are passionate about. UNICEF engages youth advocates with the core idea of harnessing their voices of as agents of change –when they speak, the world will listen attentively.
‘’Ms. Nahid Afrin as the Youth Advocate for UNICEF Assam Office will be working towards raising awareness about the rights of children. Young people are effective champions for the issues that most impact them’’ added Dr. Tushar Rane, Chief.
The Youth Advocate will help support initiatives of positive change in collaboration with UNICEF and partners especially around UNICEF’s core priorities, including access to quality education, basic health care, ending violence against children, and addressing the issues of equity and inclusion.
UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org