If you are hearing rumours about a Hollywood actress spotted here in Odisha, then it’s true. Ashley Judd, a renowned Hollywood actress whom you have seen in movies like Divergent, Allegiant & Olympus Has Fallen, is on a six day visit to Odisha. Apart from being an awesome actress she is also the global goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund.
Ashley Judd is a strong promoter of rights of girls and women and has traveled the world to do international public health work on all fronts– maternal health, child survival, human rights, family planning, STD and HIV prevention and malaria prevention and treatment. She has experienced firsthand connection between poverty, illness and gender inequality. And apparently she is here in Odisha to advocate against gender-based violence and discrimination, so that young people can enter their adulthood safely.
During her stay in Odisha, Ashley Judd will be exposed to the rich culture and lifestyle of tribal communities, including their varied art and handicrafts. Special sessions will also be organised with tribal adolescent girls and boys for Ashley to interact and understand their challenges and aspirations.
For her kind and humanitarian efforts globally she will be receiving The Humanitarian Award at KISS later in this week. For her stay in Odisha to be worth something cherishing for, we the citizens of a growing Odisha, open heartedly welcome her and hope she gets everything that she is fighting for.