On 12 July 2017 in India, Lilly Singh visited a school run by the Madhya Pradesh State government in Bhopal where she met with students 11- 14 years of age.

UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador Lilly Singh undertook a three-day field trip to India’s Madhya Pradesh state between 12-14 June 2017, visiting a state run school in Bhopal, a youth empowerment project in Harda, a village sanitation project, as well as other UNICEF-supported initiatives. She met with adolescents and young people growing up in challenging circumstances including extreme poverty but who have been able to bring positive changes to their lives. The state’s population includes 30.5 million children under the age of 18, or 42 percent of its total population. One in seven children between 0 and 6 years of age in India is from the state, India's second largest by area.

Singh, who was announced as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador on Saturday, 15 July 2017, will work with UNICEF to engage young people in speaking out about the issues they face such as violence, abuse, and neglect. Her role with UNICEF will compliment her Girl Love initiative, which aims to end to girl-on-girl hate and instead focuses on positivity by encouraging support of women and girls.

Lilly ‘Superwoman’ Singh, who is one of the most popular and altruistic creators on all of YouTube, has been appointed Goodwill Ambassador to UNICEF — a United Nations organization that provides humanitarian assistance to children and mothers in developing countries.

In this role, the 28-year-old vlogger will harness her digital presence to showcase UNICEF’s work, and engage her millions of supporters in advocating for children’s rights. She joins fellow celebrities David Beckham, Jackie Chan, and Shakira as ambassadors to the 71-year-old organization, which is active in 190 countries and territories across the globe. Singh is UNICEF’s first Goodwill Ambassador from the digital space.

Singh, whose parents hail from Punjab, India, was bestowed with the honor at an event in New Delhi over the weekend — before which she traveled throughout the country to meet with children who are being impacted by UNICEF’s efforts. UNICEF notes that Singh’s massive Indian following will be a huge asset given that 50% of the country’s population is below the age of 25, and India is now the second largest market in the world for online video platforms like YouTube and Facebook.

Check out a vlog chronicling the conclusion of that journey right here:

“Singh is already a Superwoman, helping empower girls around the world — and we are delighted that she will lend her passion and her powerful voice to speak up on behalf of the most vulnerable children,” UNICEF deputy executive director Justin Forsyth said in a statement. (Forsyth is referring to Singh’s #GirlLove initiative, launched in 2015, which aims to foster positive interactions between young women).

In addition to her new ambassador role, Singh — who counts 14 million YouTube subscribers across her two channels — is also a bestselling author of the life advice tome How To Be A Bawse, and she was recently cast in the HBO feature film adaptation of Fahrenheit 451.

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