Guest Blogger: Dia Mirza
Dia Mirza was a beauty queen, actress and now a filmmaker. She won the 2000 Miss Asia-Pacific International title. She became the first Indian contestant to win this title in 29 years
Dia is also known for her social work and for her efforts to preserve wildlife in India.
Dia Mirza has been involved with Cancer Patients Aid Association, Spastics Society of India, and has worked extensively with government of Andhra Pradesh to spread HIV awareness, prevention of female foeticide, PETA, CRY and most recently the NDTV Greenathon – an effort to find tangible solutions against pollution and book, “Deke Dheko” by Radio Mirchi (a campaign initiated to collect books for underprivileged children). She is on the board of the Coca Cola foundation that works towards development in rural India. She recently adopted two cheetah cubs at the Prince of Wales zoological park in Lucknow.
Dia Mirza has been actively involved in addressing social issues and has been a part of various campaigns. The actress is an active member of Cancer Patients Aid Association, PETA, Child Rights and You (CRY), ADAPT, Greenpeace India, and the Coca Cola foundation. She is also associated with campaigns such as Sanctuary Asia’s Leave Me Alone and Female Foeticide.
Dia also won the Green Award at IIFA 2012 for spreading awareness about environment-related issues.
Dia Mirza has been felicitated at various award functions for her active involvement in the Social and Environmental Issues.