Bollywood's king Shah Rukh Khan will get the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos later this month. He will get the award for “his leadership in championing children's and women's rights in India,” as revealed by the World Economic Forum. The Annual Crystal Awards ceremony that opens the WEF summit in the Swiss ski resort celebrates the achievements of outstanding artists who have shown exemplary commitment to improve the state of the world.
Announcing this years recipients, WEF said, “Each of them in their own way has taken action to uphold human dignity”. The other two artists to get the award are Hollywood star Cate Blanchett and legendary musician Sir Elton John. Last year's awardees were Anne-Sophie Mutter, Forest Whitaker, and Shakria. The award ceremony will take place on January 22 on the first day of the five-day annual meeting of Geneva-based WEF. One of the leading actors of the Indian film industry, Shah is also 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 supported childcare centres 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,” Khan said.