The Women 2013
Norti Bai (Rajasthan), Sarpanch

Norti Bai (Rajasthan), Sarpanch

Though she dropped out of school when she was 10 years old, Norti Bai’s decided 45 years later to embrace the digital world by learning to use computers and not allow her limited education be an obstacle in her way to progress. After initially grappling with the

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Sister Mariola (Rajasthan), Social Worker

Sister Mariola (Rajasthan), Social Worker

Sister Mariola is the only connect that inmates of Ajmer Jail have with the outside world. They wait patiently for her to visit them, because she is the only friend, guide and messenger that they have.Sister Mariola came to Ajmer in 1979 as a teacher at a local institute.

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Sunita Kaseria (Rajasthan), Social Worker

Sunita Kaseria (Rajasthan), Social Worker

Born in the Bharatpur district of Rajasthan, Sunita Kasera grew up in a middle class family who supported her education and encouraged her to become an independent woman. The traditional mindset in this part of the country can

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Jhoomi Devi (Rajasthan), Social Worker

Jhoomi Devi (Rajasthan), Social Worker

Jhoomi Devi, a shy village woman, belongs to the Nibukia Ki Dhani village in Ajmer district of Rajasthan. Not too long ago, both Jhoomi and her husband travelled a distance of 50 kms to earn a meager sum of Rs 100, a quarter of which was spent on their commute daily.

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Sua Kalbelia (Rajasthan), Traditional Dancer

Sua Kalbelia (Rajasthan), Traditional Dancer

Sua Kalbeliya is among the best dancers in the Kalbelia troupe; a traditional dance form integral to the livelihood of the Kalbelia nomadic tribe of Rajasthan. In the olden days, the Kalbelia tribals shunned by mainstream society and deemed an untouchable caste,

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Hirabai Ben Lobi , Social Worker

Hirabai Ben Lobi , Social Worker

Hirabaiben is a woman of strength in the true sense. Orphaned at a young age, Hirabaiben had to face a lot of hardships due to her family’s huge financial debt. But that did not stop her fighting spirit! Despite having a limited education, she spotted an real opportunity to

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Rajkala Devi (Assam), Sarpanch

Rajkala Devi (Assam), Sarpanch

Rajkala Devi is the first-ever woman Sarpanch of her village, Hingwahera in the Alwar district of Rajasthan. Having grown up confined to her home and without any formal education, Rajkala has indeed come a long way. In the past, men in her

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Vijaylaxmi Sharma (Rajasthan), Teacher

Vijaylaxmi Sharma (Rajasthan), Teacher

Vijaylaxmi is only 24 years old but is an inspiration to many young girls in her village of Jhodinda, Rajasthan, where child marriage is common. She defied this age-old tradition and decided to follow her aspirations to go to college and live life the way she wanted.

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