On Monday, Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan received an award for raising awareness about human rights issues and his work for acid attack victims at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. The Badshah of Bollywood, Shahrukh Khan, was felicitated as he is a founder of a non-profit foundation, which gives support to female victims of acid attacks and major burn injuries through medical treatment, legal help, vocational training, rehabilitation and living support.
Through this initiative, Shahrukh Khan, one of Hindi cinema’s most globally recognized faces, brought huge star power to this issue 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 colors and hierarchies,” the 52-year-old actor said. “That is what I have learned from my beautifully scarred women,” Khan said referring to the acid attack victims.
The Australian actress Cate Blanchett also got a Crystal Award for her work with people who have escaped their homes. Also, the British singer-songwriter John received an award for his charitable work with his AIDS foundation. The Crystal Award is given to the artists who make a positive change in society by WEF. Cate Blanchett was named as a goodwill ambassador for United Nations refugee agency UNHCR in May 2016, who has also won two Oscars. The actress has traveled to Lebanon and Jordan to meet refugees moved by the Syrian conflict. She made aware of the costs if more was not done to aid people forced to flee their homes.
“Lost generations of uneducated, disenfranchised and displaced children not only represent a vast loss of potential but also a threat for future global security and prosperity,” the actress said.