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.


Gender:  Any

Age Group: 25 years +

Assessment Criteria

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.

Disclaimer: The decision of the jury in the shortlisting process is final and binding on all participants and we will not entertain any queries on the same.

How to Apply

Please send in your nominations with a detailed description of your work & its achievements at

Also, please send photographs, videos or any such supporting documents to showcase the purpose, journey and milestones of the community work.
Please mention in Subject : <name> : and The Women Rights Award
Nomination forms must be completed and submitted by December 31, 2018 at

Past Recipients

2018 : Sunitha Krishnan

Sunitha is an Indian social activist and chief functionary and co-founder of Prajwala, a non-governmental organization that rescues, rehabilitates and reintegrates sex-trafficked victims into society.

Krishnan works in the areas of anti-human trafficking and social policy. Her organization, Prajwala shelters rescued women and children and set up one of the largest rehabilitation homes in the country. She is making it possible for NGOs organizations to manage jointly a range of protective and rehabilitative services for women and children who have been trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation. She was awarded India’s fourth highest civilian award the Padma Shri in 2016.

2017 : Rashmi Tiwari

Dr. Rashmi Tiwari is Founder & Director of Aahan Tribal Development Foundation (ATDF,) Fellow of Vital Voices (USA), Fellow of SIMP and a Certified Leadership Coach from NeuroLeadership Institute. Dr. Rashmi Tiwari is an anti-trafficking crusader who has been working for the past 5 years with at-risk tribal girls and women in the Naxal areas of Jharkhand.
After completing her Doctorate in Economics she started her professional career from Associated Chambers of Commerce (ASSOCHAM). Soon after took the leadership position as Director at American Chamber ofCommerce (AMCHAM) in India and then Executive Director at CEO Clubs of India. She used to actively help social welfare organizations by providing them guidance and connecting them with corporate donors in her attempt give back to the society. In one of such funding related cause she went to a small village in Orissa. The plight of the tribals who were offering their children to her in exchange of money shook her to the very core and had such a powerful impact on her that she quit her corporate life and dedicated herself to the cause of preventing trafficking of tribal girls and empowerment of tribal women.

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.

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.