Award winners 2019

1. Independent

Mana Mandlekar, Alampur, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

Project ‘Kavach’ addresses issues to bring about social change within the community, working towards creating a society with equal opportunities for both the genders. Mana Mandlekar, who leads the project team, primarily works with girls and uses sports as a medium of approach. The girls learn martial arts and self-defense practices. Alongside this, they undergo a series of training for enhancing their leadership skills and increase their knowledge about child rights, gender violence, and sexual and reproductive health.

2. Community-based organization

Dulari Khatoom, Swayam, Kolkata, West Bengal

The Swayam organization works actively with women to implement a rights-based approach that includes advocating rights and entitlements for the education of their children and the financial security of their family members. It helps motivating women in the community to form groups to facilitate access to their own rights and stand up against gender-based violence and discrimination, helping women to transform their families and neighborhoods.

3. Not for profit

Pooja O Murada, Sehgal Foundation, Gurugram, Haryana

Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum Kahen (‘let’s share something’) is a radio program at community radio Alfaz-e-Mewat FM 107.8. The initiator Pooja O Murada strategically utilizes storytelling on radio and digital platforms to create spaces for dialogue and provide a platform for adolescents to share their journeys which include physical, emotional, and psychological changes. The program strategically questions and challenges the hegemonic patriarchal discourses, gender-based violence, how to eliminate gender discrimination and promote gender equality.

4. Social enterprise

Dr. Archana Shukla Mukherjee, Change Alliance, New Delhi

The Change Alliance project facilitates gender equality and a safe working environment for female workers at the factory-floor in eleven garment factories located in Gurugram, Bengaluru and Chennai. Dr. Archana’s area of focus is to increase understanding at the factory about gender equality, safe and gender-sensitive workplaces as well as legal mechanism to address issues related to sexual harassment.

5. Government

Sarojini Brahma, Smart City Bhubaneshwar, Orissa

The Smart City project focuses on creating a model for sustainable urbanization based on new urbanism principles, to provide people with prosperity, safety and equity. Sarojini Brahma aims at impacting the above areas through a collaborative initiative of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited and United Nations Population Fund. The project was piloted in eight slums and in the third year it expanded to cover 100 slums of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation.

6. Academia

Dr. Abha Rishi, Bimtech, Noida, Uttar Pradesh

Dr. Abha Rishi has been focusing on educating and skilling girls under the project ‘Chiraiya’, carried out in a village adopted by Bimtech called Neemka, located in Jewar Block, Uttar Pradesh. To reduce the possibility of a re-offense, Dr. Rishi and her team have provided the necessary skills and education to prison inmates, especially females, who have no recourse to a dignified life of labor.

7. Corporate organization (Policy)

Debdatta Baxi, McCain, New Delhi

To deliver on the company's commitment to a diverse and inclusive culture, McCain has implemented strategic programs designed to connect with diverse communities. They promote diversity through leadership, training, mentoring and networking; train and develop employees to seek, respect, value and leverage diversity of thought and ideas.

8. Corporate organization (CSR)

Vinayak Kelkar, Praj, Pune, Maharashtra

The Praj Foundation is a trust which steers Praj Industries' social responsibility engagements and aligns its projects/programs to SDG 5*, reflecting the company policies as well. Through Praj, Vinayak Kelkar and his team focus on environment sustainability, preventive healthcare, promotion of education, capacity building, besides empowerment and gender equality.

* SDG 5 = Sustainable Development Goal 5.

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