Shah Rukh Khan, who is in Australia, for the tenth edition of International Film Festival Of India, was conferred with an honorary doctorate by La Trobe University on Friday.
Khan was awarded La Trobe’s highest accolade in recognition of his efforts to support underprivileged children, his unwavering dedication to women empowerment through Meer Foundation and his unparalleled achievements in the Indian entertainment industry.
As he received the award the actor said, “I am deeply grateful to La Trobe University for its graciousness in offering scholarships for the education of young women from my country. I doff my hat a million times to you. This is not an award for anything the Meer Foundation might have achieved. It is for the courage of every woman who faces the brutality of injustice, inequality and inhumanity.”
“I experienced firsthand the superficiality of social values that place a woman’s appearance before her inner worth. I wanted to subvert that idea – to create a space where a woman can be freed of these archaic notions, and the true source of her beauty could be celebrated,” said the superstar.
Meer Foundation is a philanthropic foundation named after Shah Rukh Khan’s father Meer Taj Mohammed Khan which aims to effect change at ground level and works to build a world that empowers women. One of the key focus areas under women empowerment has been to support the cause of acid attack survivors. The Foundation provides support to women victims of acid attacks and major burn injuries through a 360-degree approach that helps them with their medical treatment, legal aid, vocational training as well as rehabilitation and livelihood support. The foundation’s efforts are not limited to helping acid attack victims alone. It has sponsored treatment and surgeries for women and children at several hospitals across the country.
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