Manushi Chhillar Speech: Women’s Empowerment

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Manushi Chhillar Speech: Women’s Empowerment

Learn English with Manushi Chhillar. Miss World 2017, Manushi Chhillar, spoke at The Economic Times Women’s Forum. She discussed women’s empowerment, women’s entrepreneurship, and the influence her mother and her family have had on her life helping her to understand gender equality. Manushi Chhillar is an Indian actress, model, and the winner of Miss World 2017. She represented the state of Haryana at the Femina Miss India 2017 pageant in which she won. Chhillar is the sixth representative from India to win the Miss World pageant. In this speech, she also quotes: “I pray that in the future, no one knows the meaning of women’s empowerment because we don’t need these words. Women are equal to men.” Watch with big English subtitles.


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Manushi Chhillar Quote: We are limitless and so are our dreams, we must never doubt ourselves.

“We are limitless and so are our dreams, we must never doubt ourselves.” Manushi Chhillar

Manushi Chhillar – FULL TRANSCRIPT:

“I think the first thing when I came to know that I’ll be speaking over here is that I was actually crossing my stars because I know nothing about economics. I am a Science student, so I’ll introduce myself. So, you all know my name, I am Manushi and I come from a family of doctors and I’m studying to be a doctor as well. I’m 20 right now, and I have been honoured to be your Miss World for this year and carry out her duties.

So, growing up, I had a very normal childhood, like any Indian girl from a middle-class family would have. I got my education. I had my siblings, and then suddenly overnight, my life changed and now I’m here. So, we just had a panel about women entrepreneurs. And I know the word entrepreneur sounds scary because you start thinking about all business, which is something I don’t understand. But I think being Miss World and being an entrepreneur is quite similar because you have similar goals. You want to bring change. I think change is something which is, to me, it’s synonymous with being an entrepreneur. You love what you do, and you love risks. And being a Miss World is definitely about taking risks. Like I came up here to speak in front of you, which is a very big risk for me.

But I think most importantly, we don’t let other people tell us how we are supposed to work or how things should be done. We take our own decisions and I think all those entrepreneurs out there must congratulate themselves because it takes a lot of courage to do that. Women are doing wonders as entrepreneurs. Recently, I read in Kerala about a system called Food on Wheels, it was providing employment to women. So, they would provide tiffins and nutritious food to people who wanted to work.

But, you know, out of all these wonderful entrepreneurs, I think one such wonderful woman is my mother. It’s not hidden from the world how much obsessed I am with her. We all are with our mothers. But I believe that all mothers are entrepreneurs. And I did look up, I’ll be very honest, I looked up the definition of an entrepreneur on Google. We have the head of Google here, right? So, just onstage.

So, I looked it up on Google and I realized that being a mother is very similar to being an entrepreneur because you set up a system, which is a family, and you invest, you take risks and you actually have the most important job of raring up the future of not your family or not of an individual, but of the entire world. And that is a very tough and a very risky job to do. So, for me, all mothers are entrepreneurs.

On the Miss World stage, in my top five round, I remember when I was, I didn’t know what was happening that day. It just felt like another rehearsal to me. And the moment I reached to top 10, that is when I saw my parents. I saw my family in the crowd because I was trying to spot them the whole while. And they were coming down to give an interview. And at that moment, I knew it. I knew I was going to do something great tonight. And the moment I reached to top five, I remember someone telling me that, you know, it’s all right, what happens tonight. Don’t be nervous because you’ve come to top-five and you’ve made history. You are the top five in Miss World 2017, which is a big, big, big thing. Because coming from a girl who, like being a girl who never really wore heels or who never knew how to even apply an eyeliner, it was a very big deal for me to be out there.

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