She has been associated with UNICEF for 15 years
Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas has been honoured with the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award for her philanthropic work as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights.
Accompanied by mother Madhu Chopra, she took to Instagram to share pictures from the event. “I am in awe of the tireless efforts and unwavering commitment of the people who work for UNICEF. Thank you for allowing me to be part of this journey. To serve as your Goodwill Ambassador is the privilege of my life,” she said in the post.
In another post, she said that philanthropy has gone beyond just funding projects. She recommended people be disruptive, show compassion and care and become catalytic. “Giving back is no longer a choice, it has to be a way of life.”
People are, however, calling out UNICEF for honouring Chopra as she was criticised earlier on for praising the Indian Army. Her remarks were made at a time when people were calling for peace between the neighbouring countries.
Hang on a second.
Priyanka Chopra supported the Kashmir invasion and went full-on Jai Hind when India flew fighter jets over Pakistan – a situation that many feared would go past mere saber-rattling and into war between two nuclear powers.
What are you people smoking? https://t.co/DoqOmnIWeZ
— Yudhanjaya Wijeratne 🌀 (@yudhanjaya) December 5, 2019
You are giving Kaye Humanitarian Award someone who supported in almost starting an Nuclear War. Danny Kaye must be extremely happy.
— Prasad Welikumbura (@Welikumbura) December 6, 2019
Um, no. People who endorse war should not be given humanitarian awards.
— Shaznarifai (@Shaznarifai1) December 6, 2019
War monger. @UNICEF you should be ashamed of yourself having a war monger as your ambassador.
— Sajad Yusuf – Maz Bonafide Fan (@iLuvMazBonafide) December 5, 2019
Chopra, who was appointed a UNICEF goodwill ambassador in 2010 and 2016, came under fire over a tweet she posted in February amid escalating tensions between India and Pakistan over Kashmir. She had tweeted ‘Jai Hind’, which is the equivalent of ‘Pakistan Zindabad,’ after India claimed to have conducted airstrikes in Pakistan.
Chopra had posted that tweet soon after Indian fighter jets crossed into Pakistani territory that resulted in an escalation in hostilities between the nuclear-armed neighbours.
A UN spokesperson said that Chopra retained the right to speak in her personal capacity on issues concerning her.