The award celebrates the achievements of artists who are bridge-builders and role models for all leaders of society. The other recipients are actor Cate Blanchett and musician Elton John. The three will be honoured at the opening session of the forum’s annual meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, on January 22.
Khan is the founder of Meer Foundation, a non-profit which provides support to victims of acid attacks and major burns through medical treatment, legal aid, vocational training, rehabilitation and livelihood support.
A release by the forum said he is responsible for the creation of specialised children’s hospital wards and has 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,” the release quoted Khan as saying.
On Thursday, he tweeted: “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.”
Hilde Schwab, chairwoman and co-founder of the World Economic Forum’s World Arts Forum, which gives out the awards, said the commitment of Khan, Blanchett and John to dignity and to the upholding of essential human values “serves as an inspiration to us all, particularly in these trying times when compassion is needed more than ever”.
(Source: The Hindustan Times)