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ESIH 2011 Winners: Five NGOs working towards Women Empowerment

A few months ago, we had invited entries for the Third EdelGive Social Innovation Honours 2011.

EdelGive Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Edelweiss Capital Ltd.  announced the winners last week! Following a stringent four stage evaluation process, 5 outstanding NGOs have been announced winners for their innovative work in the areas of Health and Well-Being, Education, Livelihoods, Governance and Social and Cultural Rights of women.

The table below lists the organizations and links to their respective websites (except for one which doesn’t seem to have an online presence):

Sector Winner
Economic Security and Livelihoods Prajwala, Andhra Pradesh
Health and Well Being Jan Chetna Manch, Bokaro
Education Educate Girls (FEGG), Rajasthan
Socio Cultural Rights STEPS Women Development Society, Tamil Nadu
Governance The Hunger Project, Madhya Pradesh


The winning NGOs of this year’s award are Jan Chetna Manch (Health and Well-Being), Jharkhand, for the outstanding  work done  to empower and improve the lives of the weakest and poorest in the villages of Bokaro district, with a particular aim of improving the overall health and well being of poor rural women, Foundation to Educate Girls Globally (Education), Rajasthan, an organization that has significantly improved  girls’ enrolment, retention, and academic performance in Government schools, by leveraging existing community and Government resources in the state , Prajwala (Economic Security & Livelihoods), Andhra Pradesh, an NGO that has emerged as an anti-trafficking organization, that rescues women and children from prostitution, enabling their psychological recovery, and rehabilitating and reintegrating trafficked victims back into the society,  The Hunger Project (Governance),New Delhi, an organization committed towards gender equality and women’s empowerment through political participation and STEPS Women Development Organisation (Socio-Cultural Rights) Pudukottai, Tamil Nadu, a women’s organization that works on issues to do with violence and women’s rights, with a sharpened and special focus on the rights of Muslim Women.

ESIH 2011 aims to identify and reward organisations that are innovating to empower women in India. The objective is to showcase and support organizations with unique approaches to tackle challenges that women face in our country. Prize money of Rs. 50 Lakhs is being awarded to the winners across five categories of Health & Well Being, Education, Economic Security & Livelihoods, Social and Cultural Rights and Governance. Apart from award money, the Foundation has enhanced its focus this year to provide capacity building support to winning NGOs.

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