Superstar Rajinikanth’s daughter and wife of Dhanush, Aishwarya R Dhanush has made been appointed UN Women’s advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment in India. United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri on August 29 announced Aishwarya’s appointment as UN Women’s Advocate for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in India.
Aishwarya is a trained classical dancer and writer director in Tamil films as well. Working along with the UN, she will mobilise people towards UN Women’s core messages of gender parity and women’s empowerment across India. UN Women is striving to close the gender gap and achieve a more equal world – a Planet 50-50 – by the year 2030.
“It will be an honour to serve as UN Women’s advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment in India. Ensuring safe public and private spaces for women and their effective participation in politics, decision making and the economy are essential steps towards gender equality and the empowerment of women,” she said.
Aishwarya said consistent efforts are needed for ensuring fair participation of women on the planet. She continued, “through my position I hope to draw attention to some of the challenges and also highlight solutions. We need a Planet 50-50 by 2030 and our efforts must begin now.”
Father and Superstar Rajinikanth said he was proud and delighted to have his daughter associated with UN Women to further gender equality. “Aishwarya has always been her own woman, poised and resolute. Her success is the result of sheer courage, determination and perseverance. I support her dedication to gender equality and her untiring efforts will go a long way in strengthening women’s rights throughout the region. I support gender equality. And I encourage all men and boys to take the HeForShe pledge.”