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Priyanka Chopra says people’s mindset should change

Actress Priyanka Chopra, who has always lent support to women empowerment, spoke of the importance of educating a girl child as part of the ‘Girl Rising Project’ session at the ongoing International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards in Florida.

“Fortunately, I come from a family where there is no difference between a girl and boy child. But to bring a change, the mindset of the people has to change. A girl child is not a burden, and I would like to say that educating one girl is like educating a family,” said Priyanka.

Before the session took off, a short film on the same subject was showcased. Veteran actress Shabana Azmi, who is known for her work towards the emancipation of the girl child, was part of the session, and she spoke regarding violence against women. “I would like to take up this controversial issue — violence against women. If a girl gets married and if she is not happy, she is advised to make up and return to the family to keep the marriage alive. I want to say violence against women should not be tolerated,” she said. IANS

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