The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), has appointed Nollywood actress, Stephanie Linus as regional ambassador.
The unveiling ceremony was held on Wednesday, March 8, at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, who spoke at the unveiling said that celebrities have lent their voices to help people to make the right decisions; among them is Stephanie, who is a strong advocate for the health of the girl-child.
In her acceptance speech, the mother of one said she is honoured being given the role as UNFPA’s regional Goodwill Ambassador for maternal health in West African region.
“I am honoured to partner with UNFPA to create an enabling environment for women, girls and every young person to fulfil their potential,” said Linus who in 2015 produced a movie, ‘Dry’, which focuses on VVF, a health crisis which affects young girls exposed to early sex.
“I will work closely with the fund to draw attention to the work that still needs to be done across the region to increase universal access to comprehensive sexual reproductive health services and information in order to stop women from dying in the course of bringing forth new life, to empower women and girls to choose freely for themselves, if, when and how often to get pregnant, and to protect the rights and dignity of young people to enable them thrive and be the best they can be.”