Ashley Judd on Feminism, Activism, and Being an Advocate for Girls’ Health

By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI

Imagine 70 million girls around the world staying in school longer and having the choice about when or how to get pregnant. We’re one step closer to that now as PSI Global Ambassador Ashley Judd is named the United Nations Goodwill Ambassador on Child Marriage.

Often arranged by families, girls that are forced into marriage don’t have the choice of planning their own families and continuing their education. While laws exist that outlaw child marriage, in many countries they aren’t enforced.

Earlier last year, PSI Global Ambassador Ashley Judd sat down with the Aspen Institute to talk about her advocacy efforts to increase resources for women and girls and reduce maternal mortality. Judd touches on her experiences in the field and the solutions needed to address the unmet family planning needs of women and girls.

Hear Judd recount the stories women have shared with her about their experiences and needs on the Aspen Ideas to Go podcast.

UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador Ashley Judd/ Photo Credit: © UN Photo/Mark Garten