The King of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan has won the 2018 Crystal Award from India. The superstar was honored with this award for his leadership in championing children’s and women’s rights in India. Shah Rukh has been running his NGO– Meer Foundation– which works for providing justice to female victims of acid attack. After being conferred with the Crystal Award, Shah Rukh Khan took to micro-blogging site Twitter and thanked for the award. “Thank u for this honour. I consider my work with these heroic & beautiful women a great privilege as it imparts dignity & purpose to my life. I hope to spread awareness of the unparalleled heroism of these ladies & reach out to others in order to carry this work to its conclusion, ” he tweeted.
Khan said “With victims of acid attacks I have had the privilege to witness the unparalleled courage and compassion that women are capable of. I have seen the transformative strength of goodness and the healing power of gentleness, ” as per moderndiplomacy.eu.
Shah Rukh’s Meer Foundation aims to enable, enhance and encourage women. The mission of the foundation is “to enable, enhance and encourage – empower women by making them feel appreciated and inspired, and to foster humility, pride and gallantry among the men in their lives. To tap into the bravery, warmth and optimism that exists within us all. We aim to achieve equality whilst celebrating our differences”– the website of Meer Foundation reads.
Thank u for this honour. I consider my work with these heroic & beautiful women a great privilege as it imparts dignity & purpose to my life. I hope to spread awareness of the unparalleled heroism of these ladies & reach out to others in order to carry this work to its conclusion https://t.co/i6cEU6go6V
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) January 11, 2018
The two others who received the award are Actor Cate Blanchett and musician Elton John. Blanchett, Australian actress and theatre director, has received the award for her leadership in raising awareness of the refugee crisis which John got it for his leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Hilde Schwab, Chairwoman and Co-Founder of the World Economic Forum’s World Arts Forum, which gives out the awards, said, “We heartily congratulate the 24th Annual Crystal awardees. Their commitment to dignity and to the upholding of essential human values serves as an inspiration to us all, particularly in these trying times when compassion is needed more than ever.”