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#EQUALITY: Bollywood siren Mallika Sherawat to appear at Oxford Union debate on Gender

The hallowed Oxford Union at the University of Oxford has played host to some rather distinguished personalities, from civil rights campaigners such as Malcolm X and Desmond Tutu through Mother Theresa to Prime Minister David Cameron and President Ronald Reagan.

This month will see a rather unusual addition to that very illustrious list of dignitaries. 

Sultry Bollywood starlet Mallika Sherawat has reportedly been invited to participate in a debate on Gender Inequality.

Entitled 'This House Believes Gender Exists to Oppress', the debate will see Ms Sherawat, 37, paired alongside actress and model Jessi M'Bengue, who appeared in the controversial music video for Robin Thicke's international hit 'Blurred Lines'.

Sherawat, who has regularly spoken out against discrimination against women in India, will oppose the motion alongside M'Bengue against author David Aaronovitch, American lawyer Roberta Kaplan and musician-turned-actor Calpernia Addams.

Sherawat told Bollywood Hungama: "It’s a great honour. I come from a small town so it means a lot to be invited to speak at such a historic venue. I can use the platform to highlight issues like drop in the conviction rate in rape cases across the country.”

Born Reema Lamba in Haryana, Sherawat first came to prominence in the erotic thriller 'Murder', director Anurag Basu's adaptation of the Hollywood hit 'Unfaithful'. 

Among her other films are 'Pyaar Ke Side Effects' and the Jackie Chan starrer 'The Myth'.

The debate at the Oxford Union takes place 27 February.

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