"I grew up in India and saw many girls denied an education – some were forced to marry and have children while they were still children themselves. I believe every girl should have the right to go to school and fulfill her potential.... With education and the right support, girls are powerful and can help move themselves and their communities from poverty to opportunity." - Freida
After becoming a fixture on the big screen with the critically and commercially acclaimed “Slumdog Millionaire,” Freida Pinto has quickly become an international film star and household name. She garnered international attention for her debut film role as Latika in “Slumdog Millionaire” and was nominated for “Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture” for her role at the 2009 BAFTA Awards. The movie itself won eight Academy Awards, including “Best Motion Picture,” and had another 100 wins and 51 nominations.
In addition to Freida’s successful acting career, in July 2012 Pinto joined Plan International’s Because I am a Girl campaign as the organization’s global ambassador. Because I am a Girl is Plan's global initiative that creates sustainable projects in developing countries to give girls access to clean water, food, healthcare, education, and protection from violence and exploitation. Freida has traveled with Plan to Sierra Leone and India to witness firsthand how the investment in girls can transform a community. As the face of Plan’s Because I am a Girl advertising campaign, Freida is advocating for the rights of women and girls around the globe to claim a brighter future.
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