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Richa Chadha, Farhan Akhtar, Ed Sheeran come together for a unique video on women's day

File images of Richa Chadha and Farhan Akhtar. Photograph:( WION Web Team )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 08, 2019, 11.14 AM (IST)

This 8th March, the day that is celebrated as International Women's Day, has celebrities from across the world joining hands for a unique, impactful video that attempts to create awareness for equality of women’s rights globally

The video has been created by The Circle, which is a global NGO formed by women and is for women, with the idea to help raise awareness of the lack of equal women’s rights in across walks of life.  Established by Annie Lennox who heralded is a Scottish Grammy Award Winning singer in 2008, the NGO has put together a video where acclaimed artists of the world, including Indian actors like Farhan Akhtar and Richa Chadha along with international pop stars  like Mary J Blige, Dua Lipa and Ed Sheeran create awareness on women’s rights. Other artists who feature in the video include Hozier, Oscar-nominated actor Richard E Grant, 'Game Of Thrones' star Gwendoline Christie and Paloma Faith. 

In the video, each of these artists showcases statistics of the reality of lack of women’s representation and rights. The video has been created to stir awareness amongst people to know the reality, educate themselves on statics and numbers and come together in support to help the idea of a larger cause of women’s rights globally.

Speaking about it, Richa said, “I am so excited to be a part of this video. Last year a survey claimed that India is the worlds most unsafe place for women and I was really embarrassed. I was even more disturbed to read in another survey that 42% of women think that being beaten is ok. There needs to be a drastic shift in mindset if we are to progress in a genuine way as a country. To me, it’s empty progress if you have giant skyscrapers but I cannot go home from my office in the same skyscraper using public transport at 9 pm in the night without the fear of assault. And this is true for most parts of India. I am grateful that India finds representation in the video.”

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Acclaimed artists of the world, including Indian actors like Farhan Akhtar and Richa Chadha along with international pop stars  like Mary J Blige, Dua Lipa and Ed Sheeran create awareness on women’s rights.