Plan International USA has many celebrity supporters including Freida Pinto, star of “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008) and “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (2011), who became a Because I am a Girl Global Ambassador in July of 2012. As the face of Plan International’s “Because I am a Girl” campaign, Pinto is advocating for the rights of women and girls around the globe to claim a brighter future.

“I have always been a true believer in the power of every individual, especially every girl. Last year, I had the amazing opportunity to travel with Plan International to Sierra Leone and see firsthand how investing in a girl transforms an entire community,” says Pinto. “The treacherous web of barriers girls face worldwide is endless. But if we educate and empower girls, they will reach their fullest potential, pulling themselves and their families out of poverty.” For more information regarding Pinto’s involvement in the initiative, we encourage you to watch her Because I am a Girl Ambassador video below.

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