Mallika Sherawat invited to UN as women rights' champion

  • Prashant Singh, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Aug 27, 2014 15:36 IST

Earlier this year, Mallika Sherawat took part in a debate at the prestigious Oxford Union. And now, the actor has been invited (on August 27) to the United Nations (UN) headquarters (in New York) to “participate in a roundtable discussion” at the 65th Annual Department of Public Information (DPI)/Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Conference.

An invitational letter sent to Mallika by the UN, a copy of which was shared with us by her team, says: “Your presence as an outspoken defender of women’s rights would send a strong signal to the roughly 1,800 NGO representatives expected at this event as they define a concrete ‘Action Agenda’ on poverty eradication, sustainability, human rights and climate justice.”

Interestingly, instead of recognising her as an ‘actor’, the letter describes Mallika as “Women’s Rights and Anti-Trafficking Advocate.”

On being contacted, the actor says, “I feel very honoured to receive this prestigious invitation from the United Nations, and am committed to use this platform to bring to attention the cause of women’s rights, and social and economic inequalities that women face.”

Interestingly, Mallika — earlier this year — drew flak for her bold comments about India being “regressive for women”. Talking to Variety on the sidelines of the 66th Cannes International Film Festival, the Haryana girl had said, “I made a conscious decision to divide my time between Los Angeles and India. So when I enjoy the social freedom in America and go back to India, which is so regressive for women, it’s depressing. As an independent woman, it’s really depressing.”

As for work, Mallika — whose last release was the dud, Kismat Love Paisa Dilli — will next be seen in a film based on Bhanwari Devi case.

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