Nari Shakti Puraskar 2016

State of RajasthanThe State has done lot of work to address the issue of declining child sex ratio during the last one year which has improved from 929 in 2015-16 to 942 (till December, 2016). There had been a successful state-wide awareness and advocacy campaigns for valuing the girl child.
Chhanv Foundation (Sheroes Cafe), DelhiSheroes’ Hangout Café, started in 2015, is the world's first café run by female acid attack survivors. The Café started up in the city of Agra and serves tea and french fries. It is more than a triumph that Sheroes Hangout has single-handedly generated much-needed awareness of the issue and has since branched out from food and drink. It now houses a library, art gallery and even an activism center. It's set to expand even further.
Mizo Hmeichhe Insuihkhawm Pawl (MHIP), MizoramFormed in 1974 , it is the biggest women organization in the state of Mizoram, which has made a great impact in promoting the status of women in Mizoram Creation of strong political will among the women of Mizoram has been the major achievement of MHIP. These achievements are reflected through 33% of reservation of women in the Aizawl Municipal Council (AMC). Similar is the case in the Local Council (LC) and Village Council (VC) which have been approved by the Government.
Sadhana Mahila Sangha, KarnatakaSadhana Mahila Sangha works towards the dignity and violence free right to life for all streetbased women workers with a vision to build a world where all marginalized communities live in an environment of mutual respect and dignity. It has an empowerment initiative for women in sex work in Bangalore, Karnataka. The Sangha has been engaged with street sex workers for over 15 years and addresses issues of health, safety and violence against women working in the street.
Shikshit Rojgar Kendra Prabandhak Samiti, RajasthanEstablished on 15 August 1987 by a group of youths along with Mr. Rajan Choudhary the organization has exclusively promoted girl education, prevented child marriages & fought against dowry practitioners for all these years in Rajasthan.
Tripunithura Kathakali Kendram Ladies Troupe, KeralaFormed in 1975, the troupe has the record of making 800 performances of Kathakali, which is a male dominated art form.
Ms. Amruta Patil, GoaMs. Amruta Patil is a writer, painter and India's first female graphic novelist. Her novel Adi Parva based on the Mahabharat, Puranas and tradition of oral storytellers was selected as one of the year 2012’s best graphic novels by comic book historian Paul Gravett.
Ms. Amala Akkineni, TelanganaMs. Amala Akkineni is co-founder and Chairperson of Blue Cross of Hyderabad, a registered animal welfare organization working since 1993 for the welfare of animals in Hyderabad and extending support to other groups.
Ms. Anatta Sonney, KarnatakaScientist at ISRO, she is recipient of Astronautical Society of India Team award for her contribution towards Mars Orbiter Mission and ISRO Team Excellence award for 'Chandrayaan-1 Payload Instruments, Science Data center and Mission operations'.
Ms. Anoyara Khatun, West BengalMs. Anoyara khatun, a survivor of trafficking, works towards the prevention of child marriage, child trafficking, child labour and domestic violence. She is popularly known as Malala of Bengal and has been working with the Dahadia Social Welfare Society since 2007.
Ms. B. Codanayaguy, PuducherryScientist at ISRO, her specific contributions for PSLV C37 include all the solid motors for the PSLV C37 launch vehicle.
Ms. Bano Haralu, NagalandA pioneering television she has been involved with environment conservation since 2010. She pioneered a bird and wildlife survey for the Forest Department leading to the publication of the book on ‘Birds of Nagaland’. She along with a team highlighted the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of the migratory Amur Falcons in Pangti under Wokha district, Nagaland. This and other combined efforts led to convincing the Pangti Village Council from enforcing a ban on the killing and trapping of the Amur Falcons.
Ms. Deepa Mathur, RajasthanMs. Deepa Mathur founded an NGO named Quality of Life Improvement Society (QUALIS),2008 in to promote artisans and craftsmen working in Rajasthan.
Ms. Divya Rawat, UttarakhandShe is a social entrepreneur who promotes mushroom cultivation as a means of sustainable livelihood among villages situated in remote areas of Uttarakhand. She uses mushroom cultivation as a tool to stop migration of people from hills in search of sustainable livelihood.
Dr. Ilse Kihler Rollefson, RajasthanDr. Ilse Köhler Rollefson, a veterinarian who arrived in Rajasthan in 1991 for a research project on animal husbandry, has dedicated her life to the Raikas (Rajasthan’s Nomadic Tribe) and camels. She has set up an NGO called the Lokhit Pashu Palak Sansthan (LPPS) in Pali, Rajasthan that serves as an advocacy group for the Raikas and their camels.
Ms. Janki Vasant, GujaratShe is a founder of nongovernmental organization Samvedana whose motto is "not just education, but quality education is the right of every child". Over the past 14 years, she is working with underprivileged communities and rural areas around the city of Ahmedabad.
Dr. Kalpana Shankar, Tamil NaduShe is the Chairperson & Managing Trustee of Hand in Hand India, an organization working on women SHGs, livelihoods, child labour, strengthening citizen participation and sustainable development through Natural Resource Management and Solid Waste Management for 21 years in Tamil Nadu.
Ms. Kalyani Pramod Balakrishnan, Tamil NaduA graduate of textile design from NID, she has documented the camel belt weaving of Rajasthan, the Bedouin craft of the Middle East. She worked with the Toda's of the Nilgiris and motivated them to present their work at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Ms. Mumtaz Kazi, MaharashtraMs. Mumtaz Kazi is Asia’s first woman who drives a diesel train. She drove her first train only at the age of 20 years. In 1995, her name featured in LIMCA Book of Records as first lady diesel locomotive driver.
Dr. Nandita Shah, Tamil NaduDr. Nandita Shah is a homeopath by profession and founder of Sanctuary for Health and Reconnection to Animals and Nature (SHARAN). SHARAN is a non-profit organization devoted to spreading awareness about holistic health and an ecologically sustainable compassionate lifestyle.
Ms. Pallavi Fauzdar, DelhiShe is an Adventure Motorcyclist. She is the first Motorcyclist in the world to conquer 8 Mountain Passes Above 5000 meters altitude in a single trip covering 3500 kms of tough mountain terrain of Himachal, Leh, Ladakh and Kashmir valley. She has been the first motorcylist to reach the top of the highest and the toughest mountain pass in the world, The Mana Pass, Uttarakhand at an altitude of 5638 meters or 18774 feet. She is also the First Female Rider to reach the highest lake in the world on motorcycle, the Deo Tal at an altitude of 17950 feet above sea level.
Ms. Pamela Malhotra, KarnatakaShe is the co-founder of SAI (Save Animals Initiative) Sanctuary in the Kodagu district of Karnataka. She along with her husband, Dr. Anil Malhotra bought the 55 acres of land and began afforestation work which in 23 years has led to the establishment of one-of-its kind wildlife sanctuary spread over 300 acres, the only private sanctuary in the country.
Ms. Qamar Dagar, DelhiShe is a professional Pictorial Calligrapher who has been working to orient people around the art of calligraphy. She is the founder Director of Qalamkaari Creative Calligraphy Trust, Delhi and has organized and curated International Calligraphy festivals "Qalam-Aatma" in Delhi and Jaipur.
Ms. Reema Sathe, MaharashtraMs. Reema Sathe is Founder & Director – Happy Roots Foods & Beverages India Pvt. Ltd., a social enterprise that works on socio economic development and inclusive growth of marginal farmers and rural women in India. She has developed a direct agri-produce sourcing network of 12,000 small and tribal farmers in Maharashtra.
Ms. Ringyuichon Vashum, ManipurMs. Ringyuichon Vashum is a Social Activist for Women and Child Rights Issues in Ukhrul District, Manipur. She has been constantly working for empowering the underprivileged women through micro credit by orienting and monitoring their Income Generating Activities (IGAs). She counsels and encourages them for alternative livelihood from growing marijuana/ganja or poppy for opium or illicit sale of narcotic drugs, etc. to handloom weaving, embroidery, food and fruit processing, organic farming, poultry and so on.
Ms. Sangita Iyer, KeralaMs. Sangita Iyer is a multiple award-winning nature and wildlife journalist, documentary film maker and biologist. She is the Executive Producer & Director of the internationally acclaimed and United Nations nominated documentary "Gods in Shackles" – that reveals the truth behind the glamorous cultural festivals where temple elephants are exploited for profit under the guise of culture and religion.
Ms. Smita Tandi, ChhattisgarhA constable with Chhattisgarh Police, Smita, along with her friends started a group ‘Jeevandeep’in 2015 to provide financial help to poor people in order to enable them to access medical treatment. They collect money through their Facebook page which has 7 lakh followers.
Ms. Sumitra Hazarika, AssamMs. Sumitra Hazarika is an international medal winner Athlete and President of Mission for Integration, Gender Equalization, Harmony and Fight against Threat (MIGHT). She is an activist with missionary zeal for eradication of various social ills viz. child marriage, dowry demand, child labour, child and women trafficking, domestic violence and sexual abuses of women at work place etc. She is also an author and writing columns in newspapers and magazines.
Ms. Sunita Singh Chocken, HaryanaShe is a die-hard mountaineer with around 10 years of experience in Mountaineering, Rock climbing and water-sports. life or professional. She is the youngest girl of Haryana to have scaled the highest peak, Mt. Everest by 2011.
Ms. Subha Varier, KeralaScientist at ISRO, she was instrumental in inducting and globalizing onboard Video Systems in all the ISRO Launch vehicle programmes.
Ms. Tiasa Adhya, West BengalA conservationist, she started the Fishing Cat Project in 2010 to conserve Fishing Cats in the human dominated Howrah district in West Bengal and to mainstream its conservation. She tried to instill a sense of pride in conserving their State Animal which is threatened due to ongoing habitat destruction.
Ms. V. Nanammal, Tamil NaduMs. V. Nanammal is a Nonagenarian (97 year old) yoga enthusiast. Practicing yoga since she was 8, she has mastered more than 50 kinds of asanas. As many as 600 students of Nanammal are teaching yoga across the world. She has participated in 100 competitions so far.
Ms. Zuboni Humstoe, NagalandMs. Zuboni Humtsoe founded a company named Preciousmelove (PML) in 2011, through Facebook with an initial capital of Rs. 3500, saved from college scholarship money. PML managed by an all girls team is an online fashion brand selling premium Nagaland designs for women, accessories, vintage clothing and handicrafts.