Mahira Khan has recently made a remarkable achievement, being appointed by the UNHCR as a Goodwill Ambassador.
The actress has joined the UN Refugees Agency and hopes that her new position will allow her to advocate for and bring about the positive change which our society needs.
In a Twitter post, Mahira announced the exciting news. “Grateful and honored to be a [UNHCR] Goodwill Ambassador for Pakistan…” she wrote. “Proud to be born to a motherland that has opened its arms to refugees for over 40 years.”
Grateful and honoured to be a @Refugees goodwill ambassador for Pakistan🙏🏼Proud to be born to a motherland that has opened its arms to refugees for over 40 years 🇵🇰🙌🏼 @UNHCRPakistan https://t.co/kGagHGJLlv
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) November 6, 2019
United Nations welcomes Mahira Khan in her new role
The UN has also congratulated Mahira on becoming a part of the family in the following tweet:
Welcome to the UN family, @themahirakhan!
— United Nations (@UN) November 7, 2019
Mahira was also recently a part of an exclusive UN-delegation which visited Afghan refugees in Peshawar. In her interviews, Mahira also spoke out for the rights of Afghan refugees registered in Pakistan.
At the present moment, there are an estimated 1.4 million Afghan refugees currently residing in Pakistan who go underrepresented and oppressed. In the video, Khan stated:
“Pakistan has set an example for the world where a country has hosted refugees for the last 40 years…this is one cause, because I feel so strongly about it, this is something that I want to talk about, especially as Pakistan’s UNHCR National Goodwill Ambassador.”
She went on further to say:
“It was amazing to see despite the violence that they faced or the conflicts that they faced, they’re resilient people. They have defied all odds and they’re hopeful. They actually are all hopeful and from now on, all we have to do is not give up.”
“This cause is not limited to a country, and should not be limited to a country,” she commented. “So I think first and foremost, there should be some sort of responsibility sharing.”