Bhubaneswar, 08th May, 2016: Dr Vibha Gupta co-founder of Maharashtra-based Centre for Science for Villages (CSV) was awarded with Women Peacemaker Award-2016 at a function held on the occasion of the Mother’s Day here on Sunday. Maa Ghara Foundation instituted the award.

Ms Gupta, an eminent economist and social reformer, works for empowering rural women, farmers and artisans by reducing their dependence on exploitative forces and systems like moneylenders, market forces and the Government policies.

She was awarded a cash prize of Rs 50,000 along with a citation and a trophy.

Besides, six women of Odisha were also felicitated with the Best Mother Award for working vigorously for well being of women and girls. They were Tulasirani Behera of Dhenkanal, Snehalata Patel of Sundargarh, Brundabati Chapadi of Koraput, Padmini Singh of Jharsuguda, Sudhira Behera of Balangir and Bharati Ghosh of Jajpur.

Social activist Swami Agnivesh, former State Minister Arif Mohammad Khan, social worker Jagadananda, Manjusha Bhatnagar and Mamata Binani presented their views on a seminar on topics ‘Mahatma Gandhi and Peace’ and ‘Role of Corporate in Woman Empowerment’ which was held at the event itself.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Maa Ghara founder Rutuparna Mohanty and Editor-in-Chief of Focus Odisha Sandeep Mishra spoke.

Educated women should give emphasis on women empowerment and all organsiations should focus on improving their capacity. The skill of the women should be developed, opined Rutuparna Mohanty.

Along with other dignitaries the Ediotrial Head of OdishaLIVE, Mr. Nilambar Rath, was also present at the event.

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