Vidya Balan to address youth Congress at Amby Valley

  • Shalvi Mangaokar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Aug 19, 2015 14:45 IST
Bollywood actor Vidya Balan with her parents.

Vidya Balan has been invited by the Indian International Model United Nations (IIMUN) to address students at the opening ceremony of its conference. It will be held tomorrow (August 20) at Aamby Valley. We’re told that the organisers requested Vidya to speak at the event as they believe her words of encouragement will have a lasting impact on the young participants.

An insider says, "This educational extravaganza has confirmed speakers like Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, entrepreneur Ronnie Screwvala and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi in attendance. It will be attended by over 5,000 students from over 117 cities across 30 countries. Divided into groups to discuss a variety of topics, ranging from the Ebola crisis and reforming of the UN Security Council to countering the threat of internal and external terrorism, participants don the hats of diplomats and try to solve global issues at this event."

Vidya Balan, we’re told, is eagerly waiting to attend this do, as she believes that education is the key to a great future. The insider says, "She was a natural choice. She is an appreciated actor and an articulate speaker. She also represents the voice of today.” When contacted, Vidya’s spokesperson confirmed the news, saying, "Yes, Vidya has been invited by the IIMUN to be part of their opening ceremony, and to address the students."

Meanwhile, Veteran actor Anupam Kher has been appointed a UN ambassador for the HeforShe campaign for gender equality. The HeforShe campaign has been initiated by UN Women. Its goal is to engage men and boys as agents of change for the achievement of gender equality and women's rights, by encouraging them to take action against inequalities faced by women and girls.

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