Ayushmann Khurrana is an actor who aims at bringing constructive, positive changes in society with his progressive, entertaining films, which also become conversation starters. He was recently appointed as UNICEF’s Celebrity Advocate for their global campaign EVAC (Ending Violence Against Children).
Today, on National Youth Day, the 'Badhaai Ho' actor stresses on how the youth needs to come together to fight against any kind of violence that they are subjected to.
“Only when young people come together with a common understanding and join forces in putting an end to violence against children, can we hope for some substantial changes. Influencing peer groups to recognise violence in its many forms is something that they can do effectively,” says Ayushmann. The 'Bala' actor elaborates, “Small actions like calling out a friend who is harassing a girl on the street, reaching out or calling a helpline to report acts of violence, supporting the survivors in seeking help, or asking adults like parents, teachers and authorities to listen to them, are some concrete actions that young people can take to make a difference.”
Talking about his goals as part of UNICEF, he says, “Our goal is for every child to benefit from a loving and safe environment throughout their childhood and adolescence that will help them grow strong and healthy — mentally and physically.”
Ayushmann adds, “Violence against children is deeply pervasive in society and takes on different forms such as bullying, sexual abuse, corporal punishment and online violence. Often, the perpetrators are people who children are familiar with. Ending violence against children is everyone’s business and needs continuous efforts by each one of us.”