Ashley Judd meets CM, visits city slums

Bhubaneswar, Feb 10: On her fourth day of visit to Odisha,
Hollywood actor and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Global Goodwill
Ambassador Ashley Judd called on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and shared about
her stay in Odisha.
She expressed her gratitude to the warm welcome she received
from the people of Odisha and at the same time was happy to witness the rich
tribal culture and tradition of Odisha and measures taken to protect it.
She appreciated the efforts of the State Government for
education, health and wellbeing of nearly half the million tribal students
studying in residential schools run by the government across the state. The UNFPA
partners with State Government to build life skills amongst the young people
for an informed and safer growing up process and increasing access to
information and services for quality sexual, reproductive health services and
in promoting value of girl child.
Later, the Hollywood star went around the city and visited
adolescent girls, ASHAs and ANMs living in slums of Bhubaneswar. Girls shared
their dreams, aspiration as well as challenges of living in urban slums. They
explained how city provides them an opportunity for education, connect them to
the urban living and provide exposure to outside world. Judd spent her time in
slums listening to the stories of girls and women and shared her experiences
from across the world. She was particularly interested to understand the work
of urban ASHAs who reaches out with information and services for better
reproductive and child health services for the urban poor. The ASHAs explained
her about the services they offer and their own experiences of working with the
UNFPA is partnering with Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited for
social interventions under Smart City mission where the aim is to reach engage
youth in social development process and to be a part of making Bhubaneswar a
socially smart city. The programme reaches to young people in educational and
institutions as well as those out of it.

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