Women must assert rights to transform society: Renuka Chowdhury
New Delhi, Nov 19 (UNI) Minister of State for Women&Child Welfare Renuka Chowdhury today called upon the women to assert themselves for their rightful place in the society.
Presenting 'Stree Shakti Puraskars' for outstanding work in the area of women empowerment for the year 2002 and 2003, Ms Chowdhury said that the contribution of women to the society and success stories should be recognized so that such women become role model for the generations. Such recognition would also go a long way in changing societal mindsets to encourage the versatile role of women in the society, she added.
Instituted by the Ministry of Women&Child Development the award carries a cash prize of Rs. One Lakh and a citation. Awardees for 2003 include Ms Vandana Gopikumar for rehabilitation of mentally retarded homeless women, Ms Bhagirathi Dutta for her work for destitute women and girls, Dr Gopa Kothari for her contribution for welfare of the weaker sections of the society and slum dwellers, Dr Sunita Krishnan for the cause of women in difficult circumstances and Ms Kamala Khora, a women without formal education, for working for enrolment of girls.
Awardees for 2002 were Ms Auda Viegas for rights for women and children, Ms Shanta Trivedi for eradication of social evils in Mewar region of Rajasthan, Ms Yumnam Sarojini Devi for helping fellow women, Ms Mahjabeen Sarwar for fighting for justice for exploited women and Ms Suniti Yadav for her work in the area of environment.
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