Ayushmann, voted as one of the most influential people of the world by TIME Magazine, was also recently appointed as UNICEF’s Celebrity Advocate for their global campaign EVAC (Ending Violence Against Children).
On National Youth Day, Ayushmann stressed how the youth of the country can fight back against any kind of violence against them.
He said, “Only when young people come together with a common understanding and join forces in putting an end to violence against children, can we hope for some substantial changes. Influencing peer groups to recognize violence in its many forms is something the young people can do very effectively.”
Ayushmann further added, “From small actions like calling out a friend who is harassing a girl on the street or reaching out/calling a helpline to report acts of violence against their peers that they come across in daily life, supporting the survivors in seeking help, or asking adults like parents, teachers and school authorities to listen to them are some concrete actions that young people can take to make a difference.”
In addition to this, Ayushmann also spoke about his plans on his journey forward with UNICEF in 2021.
“In 2021, UNICEF aims to build greater awareness, dialogue, and public action on the prevention of and response to violence against children. At the same time we need to continue to advocate for increased investment and attention to services and programmes that assist survivors of violence,” he said.
Ayushmann hopes that through his association with UNICEF, he will be able to help kids in need of urgent protection.