Lilly Singh, who is known by her digital alias Superwoman, was in India to meet children and young people being supported by the UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organization
Special Correspondent | Caravan Daily
NEW DELHI/NEW YORK — US-based actress, comedian and author Lilly Singh was appointed UNICEF’s new Goodwill Ambassador at a special event in New Delhi on Saturday. Lilly, who is known by her digital alias Superwoman, was in India to meet children and young people being supported by the UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organization.
In her role as a Goodwill Ambassador, Lilly will use her unique digital presence to engage children and young people and empower them to speak out about the challenges they face.
Lilly was joined at the launch event by Dr Yasmin Ali Haque, UNICEF representative in India, who officially welcomed her to the UNICEF family.
“Lilly is a role model to so many young people, especially girls, and we look forward to the role she will play in generating greater discussion – and greater action – around the value of girls in India and everywhere,” Haque said.
“I am honoured to join UNICEF as a Goodwill Ambassador, and to use my voice to support its mission of reaching every child,” Lilly said.
Lilly travelled with the UNICEF to Madhya Pradesh in Central India, where she met with adolescents and young people growing up in challenging circumstances including extreme poverty, but who have been able to bring positive changes to their lives
“It was beyond impressive to see the ‘change loomers,’ as they called themselves, create so many diverse and impactful initiatives to help improve their community,” said Lilly, who has gained a huge fan base of over 11 million YouTube subscribers.
“Lilly Singh is already a superwoman, helping empower girls around the world – and we are delighted that she will lend her passion and her powerful voice to speak up on behalf of the most vulnerable children,” said UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth.
As a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Lilly will use her platforms to showcase UNICEF’s work and to engage her millions of supporters in advocating for children’s rights. Her new role with UNICEF is complemented by her Girl Love initiative, which aims to end girl-on-girl hate and instead focuses on positivity by encouraging support of women and girls.
More than 50 per cent of India’s population is below the age of 25 and India is already the second largest market for YouTube, Facebook, and many other video platforms.