Recently actor and philanthropist Raveena Tandon, who has worked in a plethora of films in Bollywood, has revealed that she has been selected as one of the delegates at Women’s Engagement Wing at G20, commonly abbreviated as W20 (Women 20).
The W20 is a platform to mainstream the gendered issues that prevail in society so as to incorporate these issues in the G20 discussions while formulating and implementing policies and commitments that will help ensure the functioning of a better society through gender equality and empowerment of women in the political, economic, social and cultural spheres.
Raveena Tandon at W20: What the actor has to say?
On expressing her gratitude for the connection being selected as a representation, she said, “I am honoured to be invited and to represent 675 million Indian women in India as part of this delegation. Women in our country contribute to diverse sectors to run the economy and their efforts should be recognized internationally. Having this summit is a fantastic opportunity to empower women and provide them with more rights for their full social and economic participation. The proposed priority areas to be discussed are very much in line with my expectations.”
While she was also interviewed about her possible aims and perspectives that she would like to have a colloquy on at the W20 platform, she said, “First and foremost, I have to say that I am very proud to be born in India which gives umpteen opportunities to women. Women in our country have broken glass ceilings. Whether we have truck drivers, or pilots or in the army, or the air force or even working in fields, in the agricultural sector, in the railways, even becoming engine drivers, bus drivers, truck drivers, auto rickshaw drivers, bus conductors, tickets collectors, etc – I think our women are making progress in leaps and bounds.
I am very proud that I live in a country that is giving women this freedom and these kinds of opportunities, as sex holds no bar. You can participate and just be and decide and choose your own career options.”
“I think these are the kind of things that we need to highlight along with the issues and problems that are being faced by women in different careers. We also need to highlight security measures for them. We also need to highlight the fact that a lot more fast-tracking (needs to happen), as far as our laws are concerned, because in India our laws are very very supportive towards women, but most of the time they don’t get implemented or justice is meted out in time. So these are some of the points that I would like to highlight,” she added as she pointed out the defects in the implementation of the laws.
Ever since Tandon decided to become a single mother in her early 20s by adopting two girls, this step was seen as a prelude to her underlying compassion for society. In fact, it was during the phase of the Coronavirus that she came out to be a true philanthropist when she decided on to take a number of humanitarian endeavours to help the marginalised section of society.
In tweets like that of the famous journalist Faye D Souza, her philanthropy is very well subjected. Here is a glimpse of the tweet made by the journalist in 2021, “When I put out a tweet looking for a bed for a child in Delhi two weeks ago, the person who reached out and worked to solve the problem was @TandonRaveena. She has quietly been saving so many lives. I wanted you guys to know. Thank you, Raveenaji.”
It was her foundation named Rudra Foundation that helped in the dire need of supplying oxygen cylinders across different hospitals. Her Rudra Foundation has been associated with volunteering for children, women & animal welfare. The actor, being associated with various organisations like CRY, UNICEF and Smile Foundation, has worked for the underprivileged women and children society. To accomplish this aim, the actor also collaborated with Akshaya Patra Foundation in 2020 for raising funds for underprivileged children through a campaign titled ‘Know Hunger’.
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