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Ashley Judd Appointed UN Goodwill Ambassador, Vows To Put End To 15 Million Forced Child Marriages!

Ashley Judd Appointed UN Goodwill Ambassador, Vows To Put End To 15 Million Forced Child Marriages!

Ashely Judd is all smiles while attending a press conference to announce her appointment as The UN Population Fund’s (UNFPA) Goodwill Ambassador at the United Nations on Tuesday (March 15) in New York City.

The 47-year-old actress was joined by the fund’s executive director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, who made the announcement on Friday (March 11) at a news conference. The fund addresses reproductive health and population issues.

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That same day, Ashley revealed that she will lead a campaign to put an end to 15 million forced marriages of children as young as 9 each year, calling the global problem a “violation of every human right.”

“It is unacceptable. Child marriage in a gruesome way amplifies global gender inequalities,” Ashley told USA Today. “Child brides are voiceless. I am giving voice to these girls, she does not have a choice about when and how to have sex. She does not have a choice about when or how to get pregnant. She is taken out of school and therefore has no access to a primary or secondary education.”

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Credit: Jemal Countess; Photos: Getty
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