Shah Rukh Khan receives award for human rights awareness at WEF
Superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Monday received an award at the World Economic Forum in Davos for raising awareness about human rights issues and his work for acid attack victims.
Shah Rukh, one of Hindi cinema's most globally recognized faces, was felicitated as he is a founder of a non-profit foundation, which provides support for female victims of acid attacks and major burn injuries through medical treatment, legal assistance, vocational preparation, rehabilitation and livelihood support.
With this, Shah Rukh has brought heavy star power to the agenda, as one of the greatest celebrities in India, where high-profile cases of sexual violence have caused shockwaves in recent years.
"We, the powerful, need to get out of the way, to pick the barriers apart, the ones that give us names and races and colours and hierarchies," he said.
"That is what I have taken from my beautifully scarred women," he added, consulting to the acid victims.
Australian actress Cate Blanchett as well received a Crystal Award for her study with masses who have fled their houses. British singer-songwriter John received his for his charitable work with his AIDS foundation.
The Crystal Award is granted, by the WEF to artists who prepare a positive alteration in the guild.
The prizes were given at an observance in the village of Davos, in the Swiss Alps, where some of the world's top policy makers and executives have begun collecting for the annual meeting. Blanchett, who has won two Oscars, was called a goodwill ambassador for United Nations refugee agency UNHCR in May 2016. As part of her role, the actor has travelled to Lebanon and Jordan to meet refugees displaced by the Syrian conflict.
She warned of the results if more was not done to help people forced to flee their houses.
"Lost generations of uneducated, disenfranchised and displaced children not merely exemplify a vast loss of potential, but also a threat for future global security and prosperity," she stated.More than a million people have fled parts of Africa and the Middle East to Europe in the last few years.