The World Economic Forum’s 48th Annual Meeting in Davos will begin later this month, under the theme of “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World”.
The 24th Annual Crystal Awards celebrate the achievements of outstanding artists who have shown exemplary commitment to improving the state of the world.
The organizers this year have decided to award Hollywood actress Cate Blanchett, British musician Sir Elton John and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan will be awarded for his leadership in championing children’s and women’s rights in India.
“He is the founder of the non‐profit Meer 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 has also been responsible for the creation of specialized children’s hospital wards and has supported childcare centers with free boarding for children undergoing cancer treatment.”
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.
Expressing gratitude for being chosen for the honour, Shah Rukh tweeted on Thursday.
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
Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett is being felicitated for her leadership in raising awareness of the refugee crisis, said,
“As a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, my job is simple: to help connect people to the human stories of those forced to flee, and to state the case for all of us to stand with refugees.”
Sir Elton John, who is awarded for his leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS on the other hand said,
“AIDS is the leading cause of death for women of childbearing age, yet the medicine and know-how exists to prevent this. If we want to give the next generation a better future, we could solve this problem. What it takes is our collective passion and compassion.”
The award ceremony will take place on Monday, January 22, 2018.