Padma Lakshmi, an Indian-American TV personality has been appointed as Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to help the organization’s fight against inequality and discrimination all over the world. UNDP Adminstrator Achim Steiner named Lakshmi as Goodwill Ambassador in a ceremony at UNDP headquarters.
Lakshmi, in her new role, will get support for the Sustainable Development Goals with a focus on fighting inequality, discrimination and empowering the disenfranchised.
In a press conference at UNDP headquarters Lakshmi said, “We celebrate International Women’s Day all over the world but we should remember that women and girls face some of the worst discrimination and hardships in the world”. She added that her main focus will be to put a spotlight on the fact that inequality is same throughout the world among the peoples of rich and poor countries.
Inequality can be based on gender, age, ethnicity and race. It affects the women and minorities greatly. They face much discrimination in the societies where they live in.
Lakshmi has a wide span of experience. She is an author and an ambassador for the American Civil Liberties Union.She has been a judge and host, as well as Executive Producer, of Bravo Television’s Emmy award-winning series Top Chef.