INSPIRING WOMEN

Awardees for 2017-2018

We are surrounded by examples of inspiring women who show us that no dream is impossible to achieve for a woman. These are individuals that have thought creatively, worked hard for years and pushed the boundaries of what is stereotypically defined as a ‘woman’s job’. We hope that learning about the lives of these women may inspire many others to follow their own paths to success. Here you can also view the work of organizations that have contributed to the cause of women’s empowerment.

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Ms. Jayamma Bhandari

Ms. JayammaBhandari has been working for over 20 years to rehabilitate sex workers

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Ms. K. Syamalakumari

Ms. K. Syamalakumari is the first known female temple Mural Artist in Kerala.

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Vanastree

Vanastree is a women-run seed saving collective in South India’s Malnad region of the Western Ghats.

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Ms. Gargi Gupta

Ms. Gargi Gupta founded ‘Voice of World’ NGO in 1992, which works for visually impaired and differently-abled orphaned children in Eastern India.

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Dr.SindhutaiSapkal

Born in Wardha, SindhutaiSapkal left school in the 4th standard because her parents could not afford her education.

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BetiZindabad Bakery

In first of its kind, Chhattisgarh government has come up with a unique initiative of setting-up a bakery unit for survivors of human trafficking, as its pilot project under flagship of ‘BetiZindabad’ campaign in Pathalgaon, Jashpur.

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Ms. Sabarmatee

Sabarmatee, a conservationist and a scholar, has been working with an NGO called Sambhav located at Nayagarh district in Odisha since 1993.

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Ms. Mittal Patel

Mittal Patel has done extensive work for the rights of nomadic and de-notified tribes of India. She is the founder of VichartaSamudaySamarthan Manch (VSSM) in Ahmedabad.

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Dr. S. Siva Sathya

Dr. S. Siva Sathya developed a mobile app, MITRA (Mobile Initiated Tracking & Rescue Application) in 2015 which is a customized SOS application for the Puducherry region.

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Dr.LizymolPhiliposePamadykandathil

Dr.LizymolPhiliposePamadykandathil is a scientist with three decades of experience in the field of polymers and biomaterials.

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Ms. Chirom Indira

Ms. Chirom Indira is a handloom entrepreneur and social worker based in Imphal, Manipur. In 2015, she was confered with the ‘National Award’ in Design and Development in the promotion of Handloom Products category.

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Ms. Urmila BalawantApte

Ms. Urmila BalawantApte is an advocate of women’s rights and has spent decades working for the cause of gender equality.

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Ms. DeepikaKundaji

DeepikaKundaji is a Conservationist who has worked since 1994 to save and revive more than 90 endangered traditional varieties of vegetables.

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Ms. Purnima Barman

Ms. Purnima Barman is a wildlife biologist who has been making tremendous efforts to protect an endangered stork called Hargilla.

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Dr. Anita Bharadwaj

Dr. Anita Bharadwaj is a medical practitioner who has dedicated her career to ensuring health services in the most difficult situations

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Dr. Bharti Kashyap

Noted ophthalmologist and philanthropist Dr. Bharti Kashyap has been waging a war against loss of eyesight among the poor and the destitute for the past 23 years and has  dedicated her life for the well-being of women and children in the tribal and primitive tribal areas of Jharkhand.

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Ms. AmbicaBeri

AmbicaBeri has single handedly established ‘Art Ichol’,  a world class Arts Centre, in a small village, Ichol, near Maihar, 120 kms from Khajuraho, in Madhya Pradesh.

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Ms. Gauri Maulekhi

Ms. Gauri Maulekhi has contributed to animal welfare advocacy in India.

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Ms. PushpaGirimaji

PushpaGirimaji has the distinction of being the only journalist in India to have campaigned consistently for consumer empowerment and consumer safety, through weekly columns spanning 35 years.

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AVANI Organization

Founded by Rashmi Bharti and Rajnish Jain in 1999, Avani is dedicated to creating sustainable livelihoods for rural populations, particularly women.

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Shrujan

In 1969 Kutch was in the grip of drought. Mrs Chanda Shroff visited Dhaneti village in Kutch to help run a free kitchen. In the exquisite embroidery on their clothing, she saw a way to enable them to earn a sustainable and dignified livelihood. This was the beginning of Shrujan.

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Dr. C.K. Durga

Dr. C.K. Durga has contributed immensely in the field of women's health through her extensive research on Breast Cancer

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Ms. Rekha Mishra

Ms. Rekha Mishra joined the Railway Protection Force in 2015 and has single-handedly rescued 953 runaway/ lost/ trafficked children from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) Railway Station in Mumbai.

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Ms. Thinlas Chorol

Thinlas Chorol founded the Ladakhi Women’s Travel Company at the age of 29 and it is the first women owned and operated company in Ladakh.

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Ms. Mehvish Mushtaq

Ms. Mehvish Mushtaq has the distinction of developing the first-ever Android application for Kashmir called ‘Dial Kashmir’.

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Karuna Society for Animals and Nature

Clement​ie​n Pauws Koenegras came to India from ​the Netherlands in 1995​ with her husband and on to the Sat​h​ya Sai Baba ashram in Puttaparthi. Moved by the animal suffering she saw​ she ​started looking after street animals.

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NavikaSagarParikrama – INSV Tarini Team (Lt. CdrVartika Joshi, Lt. Cdr Pratibha Jamwal, Lt. Cdr Patarpalli Swathi, Lt. Aishwarya Bodapatti, Lt. SH Vijaya Devi, Lt. Payal Gupta)

The crew of the Indian Navy Sailing Vessel 'Tarini' is a part of the Indian Navy’s unique project 'Navika Sagar Parikrama', an all-women team circumnavigating the globe, promoting ocean sailing activities in the Navy and depicting Government of India's commitment towards women empowerment.

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One Stop Centre, Raipur

One Stop Centre (OSC) 'Sakhi' at Raipur, Chhattisgarh, provides 24x7 integrated services to women affected by violence, under one roof. About 1,840 women have availed services at the centre, till date.

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Millet Network of India

National Millet Sister Network is a first of its kind group launched by 100 women from nine states to provide knowledge to women in the area of millet farming.

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State of Punjab

Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) Scheme was launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, as a flagship programme to address the declining Child Sex Ratio and related issues of empowerment of women.

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Ms. Madhu Jain

The work of Crafts Revivalist and Textile Conservationist Madhu Jain is embedded in a strong economic purpose.

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Ms. Jetsun Pema

Ms. Jetsun Pema has dedicated her life for Tibetan refugee children since 1964.

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Dr. M.S. Sunil

The term Good Samaritan is exemplified by Dr. M.S. Sunil, a retired zoology teacher in Pathanamthitta. She shows us that it is possible for one person to make a huge difference

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Ms. Sheela Balaji

Sheela Balaji, Chairperson and Managing Trustee of AIM For Seva and Swami Dayananda Educational Trust, it was important to save heritage rice varieties. So she not only grew these lost gems but also made sure that people could taste them and she  has been encouraging farmers to grow them once again using organic farming practices .

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Dr. Malvika Iyer

Dr. Malvika Iyer was 13 years old when she survived a bomb blast in Bikaner, Rajasthan. She lost both her hands and severely damaged both her legs with nerve paralysis and hypoesthesia.

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Revanna Umadevi Nagraj

Ms. Revanna Umadevi Nagraj has had an incredible journey. Starting her career as a typist in the Horticulture Department of Karnataka in 1989, she has emerged as the female world champion in billiards.

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Anuradha Krishnamoorthy and Namrata Sundaresan

Anuradha and Namrata both come from diverse fields. Anuradha is the founder of CAN DO, a BPO that focuses on individuals with disabilities and employing them in data/desk research services.

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Justice Gita Mittal

Justice Gita Mittal long recognized that following a universal procedural approach in typical court room trials involving sexual violence on women and children severely impedes equal access to justice.

Awardees for 2015-2016

We are surrounded by examples of inspiring women who show us that no dream is impossible to achieve for a woman. These are individuals that have thought creatively, worked hard for years and pushed the boundaries of what is stereotypically defined as a ‘woman’s job’. We hope that learning about the lives of these women may inspire many others to follow their own paths to success. Here you can also view the work of organizations that have contributed to the cause of women’s empowerment.

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Anatta Sonney - She is a key member in design and development of orbit determination systems for remote sensing communication, lunar and interplanetary missions.

Nari Shakti Awardee, 2016

Contact: ozoneyoga@gmail.com

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V. Nanammaly - She is a yoga enthusiast in her late 90s. She has been practicing yoga since she was 8 years old and has been inspiring an entire generation to take up the practice. She is an advocate of Naturopathy and follows a very strict routine. She has won many gold medals and trophies in different competitions her 600 students are teaching yoga across the world.

Nari Shakti Awardee, 2016

Contact: ozoneyoga@gmail.com

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Subha Varier - She has contributed to finalize the configuration of SDS, SHAR for real time display.

Nari Shakti Awardee, 2016

Contact: subha_varier@vssc.gov.in, svarierg@gmail.com

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Pallavi Fauzdar - She is an adventure motorcyclist who has created unparallel landmarks in the field of motorcycling. She is the first motorcyclist to have covered 16 Himalayan passes on motorcycle out of which 8 passes were above an altitude of 5000m (16600 ft). She has created numerous records at national and international level.

Nari Shakti Awardee, 2016

Contact: saikripa.healing@gmail.com

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Sunita Singh Chocken - he is the youngest girl of Haryana to have scaled the highest peak, Mt, Everest in 2011. She is also the Brand Ambassador of “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” campaign from district Rewari, Haryana. She is focused on eradicating the “early marriage cult” from India.

Nari Shakti Awardee, 2016

Contact: jennychocken@gmail.com

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Dr. Kalpana Shankar - She is the Chairperson & Managing Trustee of Hand in Hand India, an o rganization working on women SHGs, livelihoods, child labour, strengthening citizen participation and sustainable development through natural resource management and solid waste management for the last 21 years in many states.

Nari Shakti Awardee, 2016

Contact: kalpana.sankar@hihindia.org

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Divya Rawat - Divya Rawat popularly known as “The Mushroom Lady”, started growing mushroom in large quantities and provided employment to many through her social enterprise Soumya Foods Pvt. Ltd. Divya made mushroom growing a household project and brought change in the village where people were desperate for livelihoods.

Nari Shakti Awardee, 2016

Contact: rawatd064@gmail.com

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Amruta Patil -She is a writer, painter and the author of graphic novels. Her novel, Adi Parva based on the Mahabharat, Puraanas and the tradition of oral storytellers was selected as one of 2012’s best graphic novels. Recurring themes in her work include memento mori, sexuality, myth, sustainable living, and the unbroken thread of stories passed down from storyteller to storyteller through the ages.

Nari Shakti Awardee, 2016

Contact: amruta.patil@gmail.com

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Janki Vasant - She is a founder of Samvedana which works at grassroots with focus on education and nutrition.  Samvedana’s role is of a catalyst with the government to meet with needs of quality primary education for the underprivileged. Through her various initiatives, over the past 14 years she has reached out to over 150,000 beneficiaries.

Nari Shakti Awardee, 2016

Contact: janki@samvedana.org.in

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Amala Akkineni - She is a co-founder and chairperson of Blue Cross of Hyderabad for the last 23 years. She has been supporting various non-governmental and governmental organizations working for social change addressing issues in girl child welfare, rural women’s empowerment, HIV awareness, animal welfare, wildlife protection and preservation of the environment. In 2015 she was appointed ambassador for the Swachch Bharat Mission by the Ministry of Urban Development, Govt. of India.

Nari Shakti Awardee, 2016

Contact: a.akkineni@gmail.com

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Ilse Kohler Rollefson - She is a German veterinarian who arrived in Rajasthan in 1990 for her PhD, and has dedicated her life to the Raikas (Rajasthan’s nomadic tribe) and camels. She has set up an NGO called the Lokhit Pashu Palak Sansthan (LPPS) in Pali, Rajasthan that serves as an advocacy group for the Raikas and their camels. Trained as a veterinary surgeon, she was enchanted by the intimate and affectionate relationship between camels and the Raika families.

Nari Shakti Awardee, 2016

Contact: ilse.koehlerroll@googlemail.com

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Dr. Nanditha Shah - She runs an organization called Sanctuary for health and reconnection to animals and nature (SHARAN). SHARAN spreads awareness about holistic health and an ecologically sustainable compassionate lifestyle. She conducts workshops and retreats actively promoting a natural, organic healthy non violent diet and has already positively impacted the lives of over 20,000 people in India and aboard.

Nari Shakti Awardee, 2016

Contact: nandita@sharan-india.org

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Sumitra Hazarika - She is an international medal winner Athlete and President of Mission for Integration, Gender Equalization, Harmony and Fight against Threat (MIGHT). She has been working in the field of women welfare since 1982 and has received many awards for her social work. She is also an author and writes columns in newspapers and magazines.

Nari Shakti Awardee, 2016

Contact: drprintersghy@gmail.com

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Tiasa Adhya - She is a biologist and a conversationalist her working to fill the gap between theoretical knowledge and conservation practice. Her efforts have helped litigation cases to safeguard marshlands and increased awareness. As a result four Gram Panchayats have submitted a proposal to the State Biodiversity Board to gain recognition as a Biodiversity Heritage Site. Tiasa’s study has shown that fishing cats can prevent rat-borne diseases from spreading locally and be a friend to farmers by preventing rat-induced crop losses.

Nari Shakti Awardee, 2016

Contact: adhyatiasa@yahoo.com

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Pamela Malhotra - She along with her husband bought barren land in 1991 and transformed it into a 300 acre wild life Sanctuary. This is India’s first private wildlife sanctuary. She has dedicated her life to preserve the flora and fauna, especially the rainforests, for the future generations.

Nari Shakti Awardee, 2016

Contact: Saisanctuary@Gmail.Com

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B. Codanayaguy - She was responsible for readiness and performance of instrumentation and control system of all the solid motors for the PSLV C37 launch vehicle.

Nari Shakti Awardee, 2016

Contact: codai@shar.gov.inm

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Anoyara Khatun - She has been working with the Dahadia Social Welfare Society and works to stop child trafficking, child marriage, child labour and domestic violence. Anoyara started to work as a member of the children’s group in the village and has managed to save around 50 minor girls from child marriage. She has foiled nearly 85 trafficking attempts, helped rescue and reunite more than 200 children with their families and got 200 dropouts back into school.

Nari Shakti Awardee, 2016

Contact: anoyaradsws@gmail.com

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Deepa Mathur - She runs an NGO named Quality of Life Improvement Society (QUALIS) which was set up in 2008. QUALIS is associated with 700 artisans and 400 weavers to set up SHGs and have established several micro-credit centres across Rajasthan.

Nari Shakti Awardee, 2016

Contact: quails.jaipur@gmail.com

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Mumtaz Kazi - She is Asia’s first woman diesel train driver who silently inspires and empowers the world of women by her heroic achievements. She has 20 years of experience and is now serving the most crowded railways in India.

Nari Shakti Awardee, 2016

Contact: kmumtaz.com@gmail.com

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Smita Tandi - She is a constable with over 7 lakh followers on Facebook in just 20 months. She brings the plight of the poor to light and urges people to help. Tandi and her friends started a group in 2014 on Facebook to help the poor by collecting money for them. When she gets to know about the problem of a poor person in Chhattisgarh, she visits the person, checks the facts and only then post about it on Facebook.

Nari Shakti Awardee, 2016

Contact: smita.tandi@gmail.com

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Zuboni Humtsoe - She started a brand called Precious Me Love (PML) in 2011 with an initial capital of Rs. 3500, saved from college scholarship money. She started ‘Nungshiba’ Handicrafts division of PML which recycles waste fabrics from textile manufacturing units to make beautiful handmade dolls of Northeast India. This initiative has been very successful in empowering differently-abled women and school drop-outs by providing them employment and empowerment. PML launched its own e-commerce website, becoming the first fashion e-commerce site from Northeast India run by an all-girls team.

Nari Shakti Awardee, 2016

Contact: zuboni.humtsoe@gmail.com

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Qamar Dagar - She is pictorial calligrapher and Founder Director of Qalamkaari Creative Calligraphy Trust Delhi; she has organized and curated International Calligraphy festivals in Delhi and Jaipur. She is committed to working towards making creative and traditional calligraphy known the world over as an important visual art.

Nari Shakti Awardee, 2016

Contact: qamardagar@gmail.com

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Reema Sathe - She is the founder of Happy Roots. An initiative helping farmers build high value alternate income sources in the water distressed region of Vidarbha. She has developed a direct agri-produce sourcing network of 12,000 small and tribal farmers in Maharashtra, with 30% of the population including women farmers.

Nari Shakti Awardee, 2016

Contact: reema@happyroots.in

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Ms. Kalyani Pramod Balakrishnan - She is a textile designer who has worked to promote the art of textiles and handloom through Manasthala Foundation, a trust for research, development and dissemination of knowledge of arts. She was lead designer from 2005 to 2008 for the Swarnajayanthi Gram Swarozgar Yojana by the Govt. of Tamil Nadu for the upliftment of 15,000 weavers.

Nari Shakti Awardee, 2016

Contact: kalyanipramods@gmail.com

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Ms. Ringyuichon Vashum - She is Credit Manager, at Ukhrul District Women’s Institute of Micro Credit (UDWIM), Manipur. UDWIM is an Apex body of the Women SHGs which empowers approx 13,000 women SHG on Social, Economic and Political Issues. She has been catalyzing intra district/inter zonal exchange programs among SHG women leaders and promoted closer relationships among different sections/villages.

Nari Shakti Awardee, 2016

Contact: rchonvashum@gmail.com

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Sangita Iyer - She is a multiple award-winning nature and wildlife journalist, and documentary film maker. She has recently released a film "Gods in Shackles" - an expose on the plight of Asian Elephants in Kerala, India that are being exploited for profit under the guise of culture and religion. Nari Shakti Awardee, 2016

Nari Shakti Awardee, 2016

Contact: sangita.motherearth@gmail.com

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Ms. Bano Haralu - She is a pioneering award-winning television journalist from Northeast India with two decades of work experience in both state and private broadcast media. She has set up the Nagaland Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation Trust and coordinated various surveys to determine the status of wildlife in her state for the Forest Department.

Nari Shakti Awardee, 2016

Contact: planetbano@gmail.com

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Chhanv Foundation (Sheroes Café) - Chhanv Foundation runs the worlds’ first café in Agra, which is managed by female acid attack survivors. They also run a campaign stop acid attacks to eliminate acid violence.

Nari Shakti Awardee, 2016

Contact: chhanvfoundation@gmail.com

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Mizo Hmeichhe Insuihkhawm Pawl (M.H.I.P) - MHIP was established in 1974 and is one of the biggest voluntary organizations in Mizoram which works for the rights of destitute and downtrodden women. MHIP organizes training programmes making people aware of the importance of uplifting the status of the Mizo Women.

Nari Shakti Awardee, 2016

Contact: mhipoff@gmail.com

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Sadhana Mahila Sangha - The organisation has been working in Bangalor since 2002 for the rights and welfare of street-based sex workers. They also help the children of sex workers to get education and scholarships, health services etc. So far, the organisation has reached out to 3000 women.

Nari Shakti Awardee, 2016

Contact: janasahayog@gmail.com

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The Tripunithura Kathakali Kendram Ladies Troupe - World’s first all women Kathakali troupe formed in the year 1975. They have done about 1500 performances across the world. Due to their efforts today girls and young women are coming up and performing with male artists.

Nari Shakti Awardee, 2016

Contact: varmakavya123@gmail.com

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Shikshit Rojgar Kendra Prabandhak Samiti - SRKPS works to bring an end to sex selective elimination. Out of the 38 decoy operations conducted in the State of Rajasthan, 26 have been with the support of SRKPS. They constantly share their data and analysis of Child Sex Ratio and Sex Ratio at Birth at block, district and state level with the Pre Conception and Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Cell, Media and advocates to strengthen the enforcement of PCPNDT Act.

Nari Shakti Awardee, 2016

Contact: srkpsjjn@gmail.com, srkpsamiti@yahoo.co.in