Actor Raveena Tandon is honored to be the entertainment industry’s first contestant to be a delegate to the W20, admitting the role comes with a lot of responsibility to be the voice of the women and address all concerns.
Tandon has been chosen by the ministry to be a delegate to the prestigious W20, the women’s liberation engagement wing of India’s G20 Presidency.
“It comes with a lot of responsibility. At the top, we need to bring to the fore the issues faced by women across India across all spectrums and areas in which they work, from the entertainment industry to corporate sectors to grassroots fieldwork. So that comes with a lot of extra responsibility,” Tandon admits.
The Women 20 (W20) is an official G20 engagement group, established during the Turkish Presidency in 2015. Its aim is to ensure that gender considerations are mainstreamed into G20 discussions and translated into the G20 Leaders’ Declaration as policies and commitments that address gender promote equality and economic empowerment of women.
In fact, the 48-year-old is proud to take on the extra responsibility and hopes to ease any worries.
“First of all, I am very proud that I was born in India, which gives women countless opportunities. In our country, women have literally broken glass ceilings, from truck drivers to pilots to working in the military or air force, to working in fields, railroads and even becoming bus drivers. Women are actually making leaps forward. I am very, very proud to live in a country that gives this kind of freedom and opportunity to women,” says the actor, who has worked tirelessly for the girl with various organizations, such as UNICEF, Cry, Alliance White Ribbon for Safe Motherhood , Spina Bifida Association and Smile Foundation.
Putting words to her feelings, the KGF actor shares, “Sex doesn’t get in the way, you can just decide and choose your own career paths. These are the main things we need to highlight along with the issues and issues faced women in different careers.”
For Tandon, who was recently announced as The Wildlife Goodwill Ambassador of Maharashtra, the issue she wants to highlight at the summit is safety measures for women.
“We must also emphasize the safety measures for them. Emphasize the fact that many follow quickly as far as our laws are concerned (necessary). Because in India, our laws are very supportive to women, but most of the time they are not enforced or justice is not delivered on time. So I would like to emphasize these points,” says the actor, who considers the summit a “great opportunity to empower women and give them more rights for their full social and economic participation.”