Priyanka Chopra: Sexual Harassment and The Role of Women in Society

10:21 PM | 31 Jan, 2018
Priyanka Chopra: Sexual Harassment and The Role of Women in Society
In a recent interview, Priyanka Chopra spoke about sexual harassment against women in today's society as well as their role in society.

She said, "There’s not been a lot of calling out of sexual harassment but there has been harassment. Abuse of power doesn’t only have to be sexual, it can be verbal, emotional. Like, I was kicked out of a few movies because someone’s girlfriend was recommended. That is also an abuse of power. I was new and those were important films for me.”

She added, "We watch the news and look for things that will be positive and that the world will be in a better place. But the reality is, the world is not. It's not just about sexuality. It's not about sex. It's about power."

“Women are shamed all the time, for everything - for what they might wear or say, for what they should be doing, where they’re going."

Recently she wore black to the Golden Globes Awards. She did this to show her support and to play a part in the 'Time’s Up' movement, which aims to exterminate sexual harassment in the society we live in, especially the entertainment industry.

Source: India Today

Priyanka remembers how in her childhood her mother would turn down invitations addressed to ‘Dr and Mrs Ashok Chopra’. She explained, “If it was written in my dad’s name, she would never go to a party; she would have to be individually invited. I was raised in a house where my mom had her own personality and standing – she was never a plus one. So I am that person. Nobody’s identity can be just a plus one.”

She continued, “Give me the freedom to make my own choices without judging me. It is not superiority. It is not hating or berating men. It is just saying, ‘Let me make my decisions without shaming or trolling me. Give me those opportunities that men have enjoyed for such a long time.’”

Priyanka Chopra is currently in New York where she is shooting for the third season of her American show Quantico.