NEW DELHI – Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor Khan on Monday highlighted the importance of girl education as the first step to empowerment at at an event organissed by Unicef India.
“There is a direct link between a girl being educated and empowered,” said the 37-year-old actress, adding that educating mothers enables them to fulfill their role in a better way.
Kareena’s speech was aimed at discussing the importance of celebrating mothers and their children.
“There is a very important need to stress on the education of a female child. Pregnancy during adolescence puts both the mother and child in danger and proper education will help put a check on it.”
Unicef’s Every Child Alive, which marked Mothers’ Day, is a campaign that supports Unicef’s efforts to eradicate neonatal deaths by 2030 keeping in mind the girl child.
“We need to give more emphasis to a girl’s education. They are the ones who become mothers. They need to be given the right guidance and right education – this is something we all need to look for,” the Bajrangi Bhaijaan star continued.
"I'd really like to thank Saif… I was extremely exhausted after childbirth. First thing is you want to put your child on your chest, your breasts… To give warmth to the child. With my eyes half-shut, I would say, 'Saif, put Taimur on your chest. Give him that kangaroo love'' – Kareena Kapoor Khan #kareena #kareenakapoor
She also put emphasis on the role fathers take on and even mentioned how husband Saif Ali Khan contributed to the care of her son. “It is said ‘what a mother can do, the father can’t,’ but there are lot of things that a father can do. And I am lucky to get the support from Saif. Even when I was exhausted after giving birth, I still insisted Saif to keep Taimur attached to his chest, give him the kangaroo love.”
She concluded her speech saying that a father’s role is most vital after pregnancy. “We must champion those fathers and give a shout out to them for their support.”