We the powerful need to get out of the way to pick barriers apart: Shah Rukh Khan at Davos

The 'Raees' actor also received an award for his for his charitable work for acid attack victims. Photograph:( WION )

WION Web Team Davos, Switzerland Jan 23, 2018, 12.18 AM (IST)

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan attended a celebrity event before the official start of the World Economic Forum's annual event at Davos on Tuesday. 

The 52-year-old actor spoke against discrimination against women and sexism. 

"From them, I have learned how courage can catalyse victimhood into heroism," he said, referring to the acid victims. 

"We, the powerful, need to get out of the way, to pick the barriers apart, the ones that give us names and races and colours and hierarchies," he said.

"That is what I have learned from my beautifully scarred women," he added.

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The Raees actor also received an award for his charitable work for acid attack victims.

Other international celebrities in attendance included actress Cate Blanchett and singer Sir Elton John. 

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The Australian actress received an award for her work with refugees while the legendary British singer was felicitated with an award for his campaign on HIV/AIDS.

This year's Davos meet brings over 3,000 delegates from business, politics and civil society.

The forum will see a host of events and sessions discussing how to "make the world a better place".

Other issues of significance at this year's event include gender equality, sexual harassment. 

(With inputs from AFP)