Actor Scarlett Johansson is currently in India with international development agency Oxfam visiting its programmes with poor communities, the organisation said today.
Scarlett has met with children in the slums and at schools in Delhi and learnt about the need for basic education, healthcare and about the issues of violence against women.
Scarlett has travelled with Oxfam to learn more about its campaigning work with poor people, how local communities in India are campaigning for change and how Western governments must be more responsive to the needs of developing countries.
Currently 100 million children are out of school worldwide; the majority of those are girls, and thousands die each day from preventable diseases. In India, 40 percent of girls and 25 percent of boys will never complete a basic education.
Oxfam's South Asia Regional Director, Ashvin Dayal, said it was very important that Scarlett was part of the call to end poverty.
“We are delighted that Scarlett is supporting Oxfam and our work to help end global poverty,” Dayal said. “High-profile support helps us to raise awareness of these issues and urge governments and leaders worldwide to act,” Dayal said.
“Getting children into school and making sure everyone has access to basic healthcare are crucial tools in the fight against poverty.”
“In Utter Pradesh alone, 70% girls have never enrolled in a school. Despite the huge strides that have been made by the Government of India on education in recent years, India is still home to the largest out of school population in the world today.”