Twenty women selected for Unnati Fellowship Awards

ST Correspondent
Friday, 11 May 2018

Objective of this award is to support grassroots women leaders in State to transform their lives

Pune: As a part of the Unnati Global Forum 2018 to be held on May 25, 20 women leaders will be awarded with Unnati Fellowship Awards for Women Changemakers.

The women will be given financial aid and mentoring to implement their solutions to the challenges they have identified in their communities.  These Fellows have been identified through an extensive selection process. From 200 applicants, 50 were selected through desk review and field visits. Finally, 30 applicants were shortlisted through a jury. The final 20 were selected by an expert panel.

The objective of Unnati Fellowship Awards for Women Changemakers is to support grassroots women leaders to transform their dreams into reality, while creating opportunity to eradicate the existing challenges in a community.

“My initiative intends to increase life expectancy through spreading awareness about cancer and other illnesses,” said Sheetal Jagdale from Solapur, who has been selected for the Unnati Fellowship award. Healthcare is not readily available in Barshi, where Sheetal is from, and she plans to cover 400 women and children in her initiative.

Priyanka Pasle from Osmanabad, who has been selected for the Fellowship Award, wishes to change the life of widows. Being a community leader, she plans to train women in sewing ready-made garments. “I wish to provide skilled and talented widows the opportunities they lack to become self-reliant,” says Priyanka.

All set to be held at Orchid Hotel, with Dr Raghunath Mashelkar as Guest of Honour, this year’s Unnati Forum will highlight the need for cross-collaboration to strengthen the existing ecosystem of women networks. 

Unnati Leadership Programme
 The selected rural women will go through a specially designed Unnati Leadership Programme, which will focus on self-empowerment, understanding and planning their journey as Changemakers.

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