Vidya Balan speaks up for women empowerment at Youth For Unity event
Actress Vidya Balan attended a Youth For Unity event in Mumbai, where she encouraged girls to be independent and command respect in society. Photo: Viral Bhayani
Vidya, who has featured in strong women-centric films in her career, was the guest of honour at the event.
Vidya said that she felt it was important that respect for a woman should not be related to the clothes that she wears.
"It's important that the mindset changes. Girls should wear what they wish to wear. Her respect should not be linked to her attire. A girl can be anywhere and in any profession, and even for actresses, people's respect for them should not depend on the length of their clothes," Vidya said at a Youth For Unity event.
At the event, Vidya said that she felt it was important that respect for a woman should not be related to the clothes she wears.
Vidya, who had given a bold and powerful performance in her film ‘The Dirty Picture’, used her film as an example to emphasise on her point.
"There is eve-teasing everywhere, more in some places than in other places. Girls should be fearless, they should turn and slap if they feel so, or verbally abuse or just scream and he (eve-teaser) will automatically run away. But do not get scared, " Vidya said.
Vidya also says that she looks for equality with men in every field. “It’s as important for girls to stand on their feet like the boys. I don’t discriminate between the two and that is not something we should be doing. Our world is also moving towards a more equal space.”
“I feel very good when I see a lot of girls at a function, that they are coming forward and participating at events, joining initiatives and taking up education, and working in various professions and industries. In numerous professions where girls weren’t there, we can see them now. I feel very good about it,” she added.
Vidya was awarded last year for her portrayal of ‘strong women’ in films.
Vidya will be seen next in the thriller ‘TE3N’ that will also star Amitabh Bachchan.