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Cate Blanchett, Elton John, and Shah Rukh Khan named as 2018 Crystal Award recipients

Cate Blanchett, Elton John, and Shah Rukh Khan named as 2018 Crystal Award recipients

Actor Cate Blanchett, musician Elton John and actor Shah Rukh Khan are the recipients of the 24th Annual Crystal Award, the World Economic Forum announced today. The winners will be honoured at the opening session of the Forum’s Annual Meeting 2018 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, on the evening of Monday, 22 January. The award celebrates the achievements of leading artists who are bridge-builders and role models for all leaders of society.

“We heartily congratulate the 24th Annual Crystal awardees. Their commitment 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,” said Hilde Schwab, Chairwoman and Co-Founder of the World Economic Forum’s World Arts Forum, which gives out the awards.

Cate Blanchett, for her leadership in raising awareness of the refugee crisis

Cate Blanchett is an internationally acclaimed award-winning actor and director of both stage and screen. Appointed a UNHCR Global Goodwill Ambassador in 2016, in recognition of her commitment to refugees, she has lent her voice and influence to raising awareness, advocating and fundraising for the UNHCR. Having met refugees in countries including Lebanon, Jordan and her home country, Australia, she advocates for increased solidarity and responsibility sharing for the 65 million-plus displaced people across the world. She has brought her creative skills to bear in sharpening focus on the individual human stories that lie behind the vast numbers. Blanchett said: “As a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, my job is simple: to help connect people to the human stories of those forced to flee, and to state the case for all of us to stand with refugees.”

Sir Elton John, for his leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS

Sir Elton John is one of the world’s most successful musical solo artists of all time, whose career has spanned more than five decades. With thirty-five Gold and twenty-five Platinum albums, he has sold more than 250 million records worldwide. In 1992, he established the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), which today is one of the leading non-profit HIV/AIDS organizations. EJAF has raised more than $400 million to date to support hundreds of HIV/AIDS prevention, service and advocacy programmes around the globe. In 1998, HM Queen Elizabeth knighted him Sir Elton John, Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to music and charitable causes. Sir Elton John recently received the Harvard Foundation’s Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award. John said: “AIDS is the leading cause of death for women of childbearing age, yet the medicine and know-how exists to prevent this. If we want to give the next generation a better future, we could solve this problem. What it takes is our collective passion and compassion.”

Shah Rukh Khan, for his leadership in championing children’s and women’s rights in India

Shah Rukh Khan is one of Bollywood’s most prominent actors who has been at the forefront of the Indian film and television industry for over 30 years. He is 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 been responsible for the creation of specialized children’s hospital wards and has supported childcare centres with free boarding for children undergoing cancer treatment. Khan said: “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.”

Crystal awardees are part of a community of 40 cultural leaders in Davos “creating a shared future in a fractured world”. Learn more here.

The Crystal Awards ceremony takes place on Monday 22 January 2018 at 18:00 CET. Watch the Crystal Award ceremony live here.


Cate Blanchett supports TIME’S UP Anti-Harassment Action Plan

Cate Blanchett supports TIME’S UP Anti-Harassment Action Plan

Cate Blanchett is among the powerful hollywood women supporting the anti-harassment action plan announced last Monday called Time’s Up.
The project targets on actions to fight sexual assaults, harassment and inequality in the workplace.

The initiative includes:

— A legal defense fund, backed by $13 million in donations, to help less privileged women — like janitors, nurses and workers at farms, factories, restaurants and hotels — protect themselves from sexual misconduct and the fallout from reporting it.

— Legislation to penalize companies that tolerate persistent harassment, and to discourage the use of nondisclosure agreements to silence victims.

— A drive to reach gender parity at studios and talent agencies that has already begun making headway.

— And a request that women walking the red carpet at the Golden Globes speak out and raise awareness by wearing black.

via The New York Times

As the official site of Time’s Up describe, this action plan is a unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere.
The campaign also is collecting donations for the Time’s Up legal defense fund that will provide subsidized legal support to women and men who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace and while in pursuit of their careers.

If you want to learn more about this action plan and support this cause, follow the links below:

Official Site >> Time’s Up
Official Fundraiser >> TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund
Read >> Signed Letter

Walk the Red Carpet with Cate Blanchett and Jack Black!

Walk the Red Carpet with Cate Blanchett and Jack Black!

Hello everyone! Do you want to meet you favourite star and do a good action at the same time? Now you can do it! With a donation to (RED), the organization founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver to fight AIDS (more infos here), you can win and share with a friend the chance to:

  • Hang with Cate Blanchett and Jack Black at the premiere of The House with a Clock in its Walls
  • Be styled by Cate’s trusty stylist, walk the red carpet and take tons of selfies with Cate and Jack
  • Get flown out and put up in a 4-star hotel
  • For more infos visit Omaze. The movie is set to open in the US on September 21, 2018. More release dates here.
    Thanks to ForeverGalariel in chat for the news!

    Cate Blanchett supports Australian Marriage Equality

    Cate Blanchett supports Australian Marriage Equality

    Good evening. Cate Blanchett has recorded a video to support the ongoing postal survey to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia. More infos here

    An all-cast signed playbill of The Present to be auctioned off for charity

    An all-cast signed playbill of The Present to be auctioned off for charity

    Good evening! The 31st Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction is three weeks away but you can already start bidding to get an all-cast signed playbill of The Present. The donation is to support the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, more info (and the full list of items) here

    Cate Blanchett joins the jury of The Hope Prize in its second year

    Cate Blanchett joins the jury of The Hope Prize in its second year

    Hey everyone!

    Cate is back to judge the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s literary award. The Hope Prize, short story competition, is open for entries until January 31, 2018. Read more below.


    Cate Blanchett has joined a stellar cast of judges for a new round of the Hope Prize awarded to a short story exploring resilience amid poverty in Australia.

    The writing competition is run by the national welfare group Brotherhood of St Laurence to challenge common stereotypes of what it means to be poor and disadvantaged in an otherwise prosperous country.

    The Brotherhood has also signed up author Kate Grenville and former Governor General Quentin Bryce as judges. It will be a sequel for the trio who first came together to judge the inaugural Hope Prize for the welfare group in 2016.

    Farah Farouque, from the Brotherhood, said using the medium of short stories, which could be based on fact or fiction, had proved to be a great way to reach new audiences.

    ”When we ran the competition for the first time we were overwhelmed by close to 1000 entries and the winning short stories were published in an anthology appropriately called ‘Hope’.”

    “Through the Hope Prize we want to find evocative new voices and champions to explore social issues that deserve more focus.”

    The competition is supported by philanthropy and the winning story story will be awarded $10,000.

    In addition, two Women’s Writing Career Development Scholarships, valued at $5,000 each, will also be awarded.

    For further information on how to enter and competition rules click here.

    via Daily Review

    What Cate Blanchett said about the first Hope Prize

    “The finalists all revealed powerful perspectives on the world at large, and displayed unique, unpretentious and authentic voices.”

    via Brotherhood of St Laurence

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