Shah Rukh Khan was honoured at the 24th Crystal Award organised by the World Economic Forum in Davos on Monday (Jan 22). The award recognised his ‘leadership in championing children’s and women’s rights in India’.

The actor is the founder of the non-profit Meer Foundation, which provides support to victims of acid attacks and burns through medical treatment, legal aid and rehabilitation.

After accepting the honour, Khan delivered a powerful speech highlighting how working for the welfare of acid attack victims transformed him. He also highlighted the role of power that thwarts a lot of people from gaining access to resources.

Read on to know some of the highlights of his speech:

On being moved by the story of an acid attack survivor

Shah Rukh shared how he was moved by hearing the story of an acid attack survivor that completely changed his perception of life. He realised that what happened with people made them stronger and braver.

“Courage can catalyse victimhood into heroism.” – Shah Rukh Khan

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On Equality

Equality is not a concept, but a truth that encompasses all living beings. The service of others isn’t a choice anymore for anyone of us. It is a duty that all of us must fulfil in the name of human kind.

On power

Power gets into the way of universal access of resources because it seeks to control and enclose them. So, we the powerful need to get out of the way and get into the work of breaking open access to each and everyone with a true sense of ourselves as equals.

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Thanked the women in his life

My sister, wife and daughter for bringing me up well and teaching me the value of requesting, sometimes imploring and begging a yes from a woman instead of forcing it upon her.

Shah Rukh’s zeal to elevate lives across the world is truly inspirational.

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