Eventually, I decided to cover the cost of her education so that she could continue to learn because education is a basic human right.
And a huge necessity especially today.
From that point on I was determined to make a difference and as many children's lives as I could.
In whatever big or small way that I could contribute.
There's a really, really beautiful quote that I read recently, and I think it's absolutely appropriate to say, to explain what I'm trying to say today.
“The hand that rocks the cradle, the procreator, the mother of tomorrow; a woman shapes the destiny of civilization.
Such is the tragic irony of fate, that a beautiful creation such as a girl child is today one of the gravest concerns facing humanity.”
Girls have the power to change the world.
It is a fact and yet today girls are more likely than boys never to set foot in a classroom.
Despite all the efforts and progress made over the last two decades.
More than, I'm just gonna give you a stat, more than 15 million girls of primary school age will never learn how to read or write compared to 10 million boys.
Primary school it's the beginning of our future.
Over the last 11 years, I have witnessed firsthand the incredible work that UNICEF does for children around the world.
Especially victims and survivors of child marriage, displacement, war, sexual violence.
But there is still so much work to do.
And for me, that is the fuel to my fire.
The reason I'm so committed to this cause and that is where my passion stems from because I know that a girl’s education not just empowers families but communities and economies.
A result of her education we all do better.
It's just as simple as that.
As entertainers and influencers sitting in this room I feel that is our social responsibility to be a voice for the voiceless, which is why I applaud each and every woman in this room for being such a badass.
For using your platform and your voice to contribute to change and for ensuring that there is not even one lost generation as long as we are alive.
I'd like to thank variety and all of you for encouraging me and all of us in this room to keep going and fighting on.
Thank you so much.