Aishwaryaa Dhanush meets with UN Women for a dialogue on gender equality

Date: Friday, October 28, 2016

Aishwaryaa Dhanush participates in a dialogue on gender equality at UN Women Headquarters. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown
Aishwaryaa Dhanush participates in a dialogue on gender equality at UN Women Headquarters. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

On 27 October, Aishwaryaa Dhanush, UN Women’s Advocate for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in India, visited UN Women Headquarters in New York to participate in a dialogue with Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri.

Ms. Dhanush, known for her work as a film director, classical dancer and writer in India, is committed to enhance women and girl’s opportunities and truly achieve gender equality for present and future generations.

“I hope that we can leave an equal world as a legacy for our children,” she said. “I will be equally happy if we success in creating a class of men and women that believe that gender equality is the norm and any person that questions that is an aberration. I hope that the goal of an equal society is taken as a given by the future generations.”

UN Women's Advocate for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in India, Aishwaryaa Dhanush, visited UN Women Headquarters to speak on gender equality. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown
UN Women's Advocate for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in India, Aishwaryaa Dhanush, visited UN Women Headquarters to speak on gender equality. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Underlining the importance of supporting young women and girls, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: “We can only neglect investing in young people in a country like India at our peril, because the population is so large, so dynamic, that there will be a cost to humanity. All of us must do something to the extent that we can.”

It is fundamental to commit to action and advocate for gender equality, according to UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri: “We need advocacy, we need movement building to happen so that we can get everybody engaged—policy makers and citizens. Participation in political and public life is another important area where we need to see more women.”

Prakash M Swamy, President of America Tamil Sangam, highlighted Ms. Dhanush’s willingness to help other people: “I have seen many women with family problems or violence problems, she takes time to talk to them and try to find a solution…She’s always grounded in reality.”

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri and Aishwaryaa Dhanush with participants in the dialogue on women's equality at UN Women Headquarters. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown
UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri and Aishwaryaa Dhanush with participants in the dialogue on women's equality at UN Women Headquarters. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Aishwaryaa Rajinikanth Dhanush became UN Women’s Advocate for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in India earlier this year. A leading film director and a startup entrepreneur, Ms. Dhanush will help raise awareness of UN Women’s core messages of gender equality and women’s empowerment across India, boosting the organization’s efforts to close the gender gap and achieve a more equal world—Planet 50-50—by the year 2030.