“Slumdog Millionaire” star Freida Pinto urges education for girls

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Actress Freida Pinto attends a screening of “The Fifth Estate” hosted by the the Cinema Society with Vanity Fair & Richard Mille on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
 
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Indian actress Freida Pinto urged the world on the International Day of the Girl Child to ensure that 66 million girls who are not in school today get an education.

The “Slumdog Millionaire” star told an event sponsored by the U.N. children’s fund, UNICEF marking Friday’s second annual observance of the international day that she had a chance to be educated and “I feel every girl in the world, in respect of where she comes from, what her social status is, needs to be given the same,”

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake was presented with a “Girl Declaration” from thousands of people around the world at the event calling on world leaders to urgently address the plight of 250 million girls worldwide who currently live in poverty and face discrimination.

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