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Hats off to 30 women achievers!

THROUGH STRONG will, they made their way. And gradually these common women became famous. State Women?s Commission on Sunday awarded 30 outstanding women at Sahakarita Bhawan. The list included women from diverse fields? bureaucracy, social work, environment awareness, sports, dance, business, fashion, medical and healthcare, writers or freedom fighters.

india Updated: Mar 13, 2006 01:20 IST

THROUGH STRONG will, they made their way. And gradually these common women became famous.

State Women’s Commission on Sunday awarded 30 outstanding women at Sahakarita Bhawan. The list included women from diverse fields— bureaucracy, social work, environment awareness, sports, dance, business, fashion, medical and healthcare, writers or freedom fighters.

One of them is seven-year-old Prakriti who in her own charming ways has educated over 40,000 children about eye care. She has been doing this since she was four. Her mother says, “We as eye surgeons realised that if children taught children about eye care, the learning process will be speeded up. And thus we used Prakriti as a medium. She teaches children eye exercises and eye care techniques.”

The dynamic Shachi Dhondiyal, SP Chitrakoot was also one of the awardees. She looks like any other university student but this was the cop who had played a major role in safe recovery of Jaideep Sarkar who had been kidnapped recently. So was Jeru Master who has been with UNICEF for almost 22 years now. She has worked massively for woman empowerment and child development.
Similarly, Sehba Hussain, social worker, founder of BETI, founder member SEWA and former state representative of UNICEF has come a long way from starting her work with a handful of women to extending her network to the entire state. She says, “Since the time I realised that my calling in life was social service I dedicated myself to it completely. There has been no looking back since then. I have been fighting for child and women rights—there basic rights of survival, development and participation.”

Malvika Tewari is 17 but has taken technology a long way. A native of Kanpur she has remodelled a two-wheeler for the physically challenged. She says, “My father was the inspiration behind it. He is handicapped. He cannot use his hands. I remodelled a two-wheeler for him and now he can use it easily.” Malvika won the National Award for Welfare of Handicaps in December 2005. She even won the third prize for her model in Intel Science & Engineering Fair in USA in May 2005.

A pure Allahabadi at heart, Tehzeen Khan is a proud fashion designer. She says, “I am a qualified lawyer. My getting into the fashion industry was accidental. Fashion just pulled me. Now it’s been 16 years since I’ve been into this profession.”

Likewise, Nikhat Khan, international level cricketer, football player and athlete she says, “I belonged to a conservative Muslim family. Only because of my mother’s support I got out of the four walls and did something for myself. I joined the police services but soon quit it to get into sports. And since then there has been no looking back.”

“For many years I was a performer. But then I realised that it is my responsibility to pass on the art that I have learnt all these years and I started teaching Kathak,” says Kumkum Dhar, Kathak dancer and Dean, Faculty of Dance, Bhatkhande Music Institute. She has been performing Kathak at an international level for over 30 years now.

The other awardees were IAS officer Anita Chaterjee, PSC officer Sushma Tewari, writer Dr Preeti Srivastav and Meenu Rani Dubey, sculptor Deepa Khare, businesswomen Usha Beri from Kanpur and Anshu Puri from Lucknow, lawyers Sadhna Upadhyay and Nayanlata and social workers Stuti Agarwal, Neelima Trivedi, Saraswati, Mridu Goel and Nirupma Verma.

Apart from this some other awardees were Ritu Singh, Shilpi Sen, meritorious students Shrinishtha and Neha Shukla both from Kanpur, freedom fighter Capt Lakshmi Sehgal, doctor Prem Kumari Mishra, Vandana Yadav and Ravinder Kaur.
In her speech Dr Ranjana Bajpai, Chairperson State Women’s Commission asked chief guest PWD Minister Shivpal Singh Yadav to increase anganwadi workers’ wages from Rs 1200 to Rs 2400. The minister promised to forward the demand to the Chief Minister.

First Published: Mar 13, 2006 01:20 IST