Superstar of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan received an award at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland on Monday for his work raising awareness about human rights issues.
Shah Rukh was given a Crystal Award by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship in recognition of his work championing the rights of children and women in India.
The actor is a founder of a non-profit foundation, which provides support to female victims of acid attacks and major burn injuries through medical treatment, legal aid, vocational training, rehabilitation and livelihood support.
He said, “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.”
“That is what I have learned from my beautifully scarred women,” he added, referring to the acid victims.
The Crystal Award is given by the WEF to artists who make a positive change in society.
Australian actress Cate Blanchett also received an Crystal Award for her work with people who have fled their homes. British singer-songwriter John received his for his charitable work with his AIDS foundation.
The awards were presented at a ceremony in the village of Davos, in the Swiss Alps, where some of the world’s top policy makers and executives have begun gathering for the annual meeting.
Minister Navdeep Bains posted on Facebook.