Women Rights Award

awardee_kantbrothersThe Women Rights Award honours a leader 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.

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.

Social Innovation Award

awardee_supreetThe Social Innovation Award recognizes an innovative leader who finds solutions to expand economic opportunities, relieve poverty, or increase the financial
inclusion of marginalized communities. This is for the individuals who attract, support and inspire some of the most innovative, high-impact social entrepreneurs in India.

The recipient, Supreet Singh, is a Director with Safecity which aims to make cities safer by encouraging equal access to public spaces for everyone especially women, through the use of crowdsourced data and technology.

Young Trailblazer Award

awardee_anusheelaThe Young Trailblazer Award recognizes a young pioneer whose vision, contribution, and leadership has broken through barriers, and brought people together to take action that hastens shared progress.

The recipient, Anusheela Saha invented The Light Bag. Anusheela has been working in advertising for over 10 years. A self taught artist, she strongly believes in the language of Design for Good and that is how The Light Bag came into existence. The Light Bag has won the prestigious One Show Pencils award, among other major global advertising awards. Currently she is working as a Senior Creative Director with in a global advertising agency Cheil Worldwide.

Employee Network Excellence award

award_AccentureThe Employee Network Excellence award recognises the employee network which has been able to demonstrate its impact in shaping and driving the Diversity & ordering accutane Inclusion agenda; and demonstrated the sustained value it has added to the business.

The Vaahini Employee Network at Accenture Services Pvt Ltd. is the recipient for this award category. Vaahini is a networking forum for professional women, enabled by Accenture in India in 2005. This network is unique to Accenture and the industry, as it is a pioneering network working towards women’s inclusion in the workforce and strengthening women’s leadership development in the industry.

Community Excellence Award

award_humsafarThe Community Excellence Award recognises groups/communities that have made an outstanding contribution to their local minority community – age, disability, gender, LGBT.

Humsafar Trust is a community-based organization of self-identified gay men, MSM, hijras, and LBT persons in Mumbai since 1994. The Humsafar Trust is a part of the queer collective: Queer Azaadi Mumbai. The Humsafar Trust acts as a secretariat and provides all the back end support such as the police permissions, meeting spaces and volunteer management. One of the main aim of this collective is to highlight the issues of section 377, the problems it creates on the ground and how it does not fit into the present day constitution.

Inclusion Leadership Award

awardee_PatuThe Inclusion Leadership Award recognizes an individual for his/her efforts aimed at promoting diversity awareness, representation and inclusion within the India Inc. S/he would have shown a passionate commitment towards D&I agenda other than their own KRAs and have been influencing their organizational team and stakeholders consistently to adopt the inclusive culture.

The recipient Patu Keswani, Chairman & MD of The Lemon Tree Hotel Company, is the recipient for this award. Lemon Tree Hotel employs persons with disabilities and imparts relevant employability skills to them and sensitizes others too, to help them realize their full potential and live with dignity. 15 % of the employee base comprises of such persons; and doing this while ensuring the business context of customer delight truly makes him an Inclusion Leader.