Katrina Kaif: Women in India

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Katrina Kaif’s Speech: Women in India

Learn English with this powerful and emotional Katrina Kaif Speech. In the following speech, she talks about women’s empowerment in India. You will be surprised to see the way she speaks so powerfully about the position that women occupy in India today and a solution for modernity for them. Women in India are still facing a lot of inequality. She is a British actress who works in Hindi films. As one of the highest-paid actresses in India, she has received several awards, including four Screen Awards and four Zee Cine Awards, as well as three Filmfare nominations.

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Speech 1

Be as a world we strive to achieve by 2030. I was fortunate enough to play a small role in the announcement in India for the same along with Akshay Kumar, A.R. Rahman and Mrs. Tina Ambani. It is an ambitious proposal and a tough one to achieve in 14 years, but I do believe that we can achieve this if we all sincerely try together. I’m sure many of you are aware that India had a woman as her head of state way before the United Kingdom, a feature the United States of America has not managed to achieve as of yet. Which is why it is surprising to hear about gender inequality here in India. And yet sadly, we do. On a daily basis, there are shocking stories in the media about violent crimes committed against women. Yet, I can only imagine how many more crimes there are against women in India that go unreported. This is not an India specific issue though. In the UN Secretary General’s 2006 report, on an in-depth study, on all forms of violence against women, it was noted that there is no region of the world, no country, no culture in which women’s freedom from violence has been secured.

Here is another fact. In India, according to data provided by the National Crime Records Bureau, in the year 2001, the reported crimes against women were 1,43,795. In the year 2005, the reported crimes were 3,27,394; more than a 100% increase in numbers. However, I would like to believe that this increase in numbers is not an increase in crime against women; it is an increase in the number of women who are ready to come forward and report them.

The world has largely been led by patriarchal societies and women have, through the years, largely remained quiet in the face of atrocities, rather than speak out against them. I know of educated women who remain silent in the face of violence because they are afraid to confront societal norms and have fingers pointed in their own direction. Especially when the majority of our society fails to recognize marital rape as a crime. I would urge more women to speak out. It is not okay to feel inferior or weak because we are not the weaker sex by any stretch of imagination. We may be more emotional, but that is what makes us caregivers and mothers. If you ask each person sitting here today, who is the strongest person that they know in their lives, I think the unanimous answer would most likely be that it is their mother. As it is in my case. My mother is by far the most amazing woman I have ever known. And as I stand here on this platform, if I do not act and merely speak, I would be doing my mother and every woman in the world a huge disservice. I would therefore like to pledge today, that I will do whatever I can in my capacity to create awareness about gender equality. Thank you very much.

Speech 2

Katrina, I just read the audience’s mind and they’re telling me, “Step aside Rena, we’re dying to hear Katrina.” Over to you.

Good evening. Good afternoon, everybody. Firstly, I’d like to thank all our extremely distinguished guests who I’m having the privilege, thank you, of sitting alongside this afternoon. Thank you very much for the honor of inviting me here. Very happy to be here.

There’s just a few things that I would like to say. Firstly, I believe the world of cinema, not only Indian cinema, is often called a man’s world. It is changing, but the change is slow. So, I believe it’s a matter of great pride that we have an award that acknowledges and recognizes the contribution of women to cinema. This award honors the memory of one of the greatest and the most accomplished actors, whose roles served as an inspiration in the lives of millions of women. As an actor, the love of the people is the biggest reward of all. But when there is recognition from the industry, in the form of an award, for me it’s very overwhelming. I believe the most important thing in art is truth. And I can promise that my attempt is truthful and sincere to the craft which has largely given me my purpose in life over the last few years. The one thing I do hope is that I can continue to make the audience who has given me so much love and support over these last few years, I hope that I can continue to make them proud of me and to deserve their support and their love, as they has always given me. I’d like to thank the jury for this recognition and I’d like to accept this award on behalf of every woman who seeks to excel in her field of work. I read something very interesting that I thought was very beautiful. It is said that women hold up half the sky. And I think it is woman like Smitaji, who show us that not even the sky is the limit. So I’d like to thank you all very much for this award. It’s a pleasure being here this afternoon. Thank you.

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