Artists from around the world came together for a special video on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
The video features Bollywood star Richa Chadha alongside international pop stars and Grammy award winners Mary J Blige, Dua Lipa and Ed Sheeran.
The video is an attempt to create awareness for equality of women’s rights globally.
Led by The Circle, an international NGO founded by Scottish Grammy Award winning singer Annie Lennox, the video brings together the acclaimed artistes who talk about (and hold placards) highlighting the status of women around the world.
Richa Chadha, the only Indian artist to feature in the video, joins others in presenting statistics that reflect the reality of lack of women’s representation and rights.
Speaking about the video, Richa said, “I am so excited to be a part of this video. Last year a survey claimed that India is the world’s 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,” she added.