Magician Jewel Aich and film actress Arifa Zaman Moushumi formally joined the United Nation’s Children’s Fund as the ‘UNICEF advocates for child’s rights’ through a programme in Dhaka on Tuesday.
A media release issued by UNICEF on Tuesday confirmed that the celebrities would work with UNICEF to promote child rights and create awareness of child labour, birth registration, violence against children, child and maternal health, children and HIV/AIDS, children living in the slums and child immunisation.
The UNICEF representative in Bangladesh, Carel de Rooy, introduced them as the advocates for child’s rights at a programme in a city hotel.
‘We are pleased that Arifa Zaman Moushumi and Jewel Aich gave their kind consent to join us as child’s rights advocate to promote children’s issues,’ Carel de Rooy said.
Jewel Aich called on the country people to create public opinion for protecting child rights.
Moushumi said, ‘Being a mother, I feel very sad when I saw child’s rights are not protected.’
According to UNICEF, around 20 million children in the country are living under the poverty line of whom 3.3 million are growing up in slums.
A documentary directed by Tareque Masud and Catherine Masud ‘Let Me Live, Let Me Grow’ was screened in the programme.
A cultural show was also staged by the under privileged children at the programme.
-With New Age input