The Women Rights Award
This award honors an Individual who takes action to protect and restore the rights, safety, and dignity of all people, especially women and girls who have been exploited by gender-based violence and have shown exemplary leadership skills and innovation to create ripple effects in the women rights issue. S/he is a leader of high integrity, extreme passion. They are the individuals who have contributed significantly – often against great odds and at great personal risk – to advance the rights of women and girls and to increase awareness of the injustices women face on account of their gender.
Age Group: 35 years +
Innovation: The best entries will demonstrate a creative approach to the challenge they tackle and the solution they propose. Their innovative approach is driven by original, groundbreaking ideas or being implemented in a way that will make a new significant difference to the community they are operating in.
Measurable Impact: Entries should explain how their initiative delivers positive social, economic, and/or environmental impact, using both quantitative and qualitative data. They would be tackling a significant sustainability issue and will have the potential of making a big difference by being expanded to new markets, sectors, or geographies.
How to Apply
2015 : Priti Patkar
Priti Patkar, Social Worker and Human Rights Activist, Co-Founder and Director of Prerana, an organization that has done pioneering work in the red-light districts of Mumbai, India to protect children vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking. She has been working for the cause for the past 28 years and is accredited with several path-breaking social interventions. Prerana has to its credit the largest number of legal interventions and writ petitions in the country to protect the rights and dignity of the children and women victims of child sex exploitation and trafficking.
2016 : The Kant Brothers (Shakti Vahini)
The recipient, Kant Brothers co-founded Shakti Vahini in 2001; an organization that works for the rights of women and children in India. The organization has been a leading voice on policy and legal changes to combat violence against women and children.“Shakti” is the mother goddess, the goddess who has fought injustice, and “Vahini” is a brigade.