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Hollywood actress and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Goodwill Ambassador Ashley Judd would arrive in Sri Lanka next week, the Government Information Department said today.

It said Judd will engage with women and girls from different backgrounds to learn about their livelihoods and views on gender-based violence during her visit to Sri Lanka.

She will also meet with stakeholders from the public sector, private sector and donor community to highlight the importance of investing in the reproductive health and rights of people.

“Judd was appointed as a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador in March 2016, and is a passionate advocate for ending all forms of gender-based violence around the world. While she is best known for an ongoing acting career spanning more than two decades, she has increasingly become involved in global humanitarian efforts and political activism,” it said.

Judd has had leading roles in films including Ruby in Paradise (1993), Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996), Kiss the Girls (1997), Double Jeopardy (1999), Where the Heart Is (2000), High Crimes (2002), De-Lovely (2004), Bug (2006), Dolphin Tale (2011), Divergent (2014), Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) and Insurgent (2015).

In 2010, she earned a one-year mid-career master’s degree in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.


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  • Ceylon Saturday, 03 February 2018 07:03 PM

    Why srilankan actressess are not keen to involve with charity works.its service and enjoyment of life to help needy.semini iddamalgoda and few others frequently do it.why not others???.

    Saman Saturday, 03 February 2018 07:43 PM

    Sri Lanka no longer have any respectable actresses. That time long gone.

    Kadiya Saturday, 03 February 2018 08:19 PM

    Because they are more inclined to do politics especially when they know that they are fading!

    Banda Saturday, 03 February 2018 10:55 PM

    Ceylon,Haven't you heard about the Sex scandals rocking Hollywood. Only fools like you believe these actresses are really qualified to do charity work !

    Senthil Saturday, 03 February 2018 08:11 PM

    The recent sex scandal in Hollywood indicates almost every actress was sexually molested or raped by producers and directors. We give so much attention to these actresses is so stupid.

    Nalliah Saturday, 03 February 2018 08:16 PM

    Most of these actresses come from poor background with little education. How the hell they get the brain power to be UN ambassadors? The truth is their youth and beauty attracts old men at the UN and thus they are "appointed" to these positions. Actually it a scandal !!!

    Cloud Saturday, 03 February 2018 08:29 PM

    You have clearly not read the article which says 'she earned a master’s degree in public administration' . Don't be ignorant and sexist.

    das Saturday, 03 February 2018 08:30 PM

    I am sure they are more educated than our politicians

    Expatriate Saturday, 03 February 2018 10:19 PM

    Cloud,das; It is laughable that Hollywood actresses are educated. Now a days there are hundreds of degree mills that sell even doctorates. Please read and educate yourselves.

    Ranjan Saturday, 03 February 2018 10:24 PM

    Nalliah, you are making a valid point but unfortunately most Sri Lankans are not clever and they wouldn't understand.

    Logan Saturday, 03 February 2018 11:07 PM

    Cloud, do you know the headlines all over the western world about actresses being forced to have sex with Hollywood directors and producers.So how you expect us to view these actresses with any respect ?

    Desh Sunday, 04 February 2018 03:35 PM

    She is currently enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley to pursue a PhD in Public Policy

    Yeti Saturday, 03 February 2018 08:20 PM

    Sunny Sri Lanka warmly welcomes you!

    GH Saturday, 03 February 2018 11:17 PM

    If MR regime appoints Salman Khan as good will ambassador was WRONG, but for incumbent, it is accepted norm! Ha...........Ha............ Ha...............What a JUSTICE?

    ANTON Sunday, 04 February 2018 08:16 AM

    WE ALREADY HAVE VERY GOOD ACTORS AND ACTRESSES IN OUR PARLIAMENT..... DIYAWANNAWOOD.

    Nuwan Sunday, 04 February 2018 08:34 AM

    I hope she would visit the North and experience the plight of Tamil women as ex-combatants (abused at LTTE check-points on duty), widows, ex-child soldiers, ex-suicide bombers. Today their lives are not any better.

    Wijey Sunday, 04 February 2018 09:05 AM

    Hollywood is full of rape victims.Don't you read international papers in the internet?

    Jude Sunday, 04 February 2018 09:14 AM

    Hey most show-biz people have their own charitable organization to avoid paying more Taxes !! They're not doing it for fun, however, the work of charitable organization actually benefits for people who deserve!!


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