The Women 2013
Fehamida Malik (Gujarat), Social Worker

Fehamida Malik (Gujarat), Social Worker

Fehmida Malik is a 42-year-old woman from Dholka, a small town near Ahmedabad in Gujarat. People in her community, who are primarily Muslim, often do not encourage girls to work after their studies. Luckily, Fehmida grew up in a well-educated and supportive

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Sulekha Ali, Social Worker

Sulekha Ali, Social Worker

Sulekha Ali, a young Muslim woman, was compelled by tragic circumstances to lead a life of misery. In 2002, communal riots broke out in Gujarat that forced Sulekha to abandon her home and live in a refugee camp. This was a time of immense physical

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Ramilaben Govindbhai Patel (Gujarat), Home Maker

Ramilaben Govindbhai Patel (Gujarat), Home Maker

Ramilaben Govindbhai Patel, a 43-year-old woman from Pentarura village in Sabarkantha district, Gujarat. Ramila never had an opportunity to go to college. Yet, she earns enough money annually to be at par with some corporate CEOs. Ramilaben’s source

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Jayashree Rajpurohit (Rajasthan), Social Worker

Jayashree Rajpurohit (Rajasthan), Social Worker

30-year-old Jayashree Rajpurohit hails from a Brahmin family from Umedpur village in Jalore district, Rajasthan. Brahim women in this area often follow the restrictive tradition of wearing a veil and rarely venture out of their homes. Jayshree studied until 10th grade

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Jyotsna Sitling

Jyotsna Sitling

Jyotsna Sitling belongs to the `Lepcha’ tribal community of Kalimpong, West Bengal. Growing up, she loved plants and chose to study botany at the Darjeeling Government College. With a strong passion for ecological conservation, Jyotsna decided that forestry was

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Kanku Bai (Rajasthan), Social Worker

Kanku Bai (Rajasthan), Social Worker

Kanku Bai grew up in a family of six, consisting of three boys and three girls in the Nichla Talab village in Kherwara, Rajasthan. As a young girl, Kanku faced gender discrimination where she and her sisters had to herd cattle and her brothers

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Reva Dandage, Student

Reva Dandage, Student

Many students in India succumb to suicides because of a rigid and competitive educational system, every year. Reva Dandage was a bright young girl with a promising life ahead until she failed to pass her Grade 12 final exams. While this failure made her

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Rakhi Paliwal (Rajasthan), Lawyer and Social Worker

Rakhi Paliwal (Rajasthan), Lawyer and Social Worker

Rakhi Paliwal is only 23 years old but she is a pioneer in her community. Not only is Rakhi the youngest Vice President of the Upli-Oden Panchayat, Khamnore Block in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan, but also the first woman in her community who is studying law

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Chandralekha (Lucknow), Social Worker

Chandralekha (Lucknow), Social Worker

Chandralekha hails from a place where the birth of a girl is celebrated, but for all wrong reasons. In older times, girls in her village Nat Purwa (near Lucknow), were raised to be prostitutes and often, both the father and brothers fulfilled the role of pimps. Caught in

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Sindhutai Sapkal Pune, Social Worker

Sindhutai Sapkal Pune, Social Worker

Married at the young age of 9 years to a 30-year-old man, Sindhutai Sapkal’s life has been anything but comfortable. A victim of domestic violence, Sindhutai had a difficult marriage and gave birth to three sons by the time she turned 20.

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