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Singapore, March 18, 2017: Eleven Indian women are among the 25 Asian women who have bagged laurels in the ‘Women Icons’ award in Singapore for dedicating their lives to social work.

Women empowerment and childcare are etched on the minds of these women, who came from numerous of fields for the award organised by Business Excellence & Research Group Pte Ltd and backed by Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.

Among the award winners, last night was Vandana Sharma, who served for a decade in the Indian Armed Forces, shattered several stereotypes around ‘Women in Uniform’ and ventured into the corporate world, mentioned PTI report.

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Speaking after the awards, Sharma stated she mentors a lot of young start-up founders on building effective organisations.

The aim is to augment a more productive environment and culture within restraining environments at startups, said Sharma, who is currently the chief people officer at HolidayIQ and comes from a family of officers in the Indian Armed Forces.

Sharma’s contribution during the 1999 Kargil War has been recorded and lauded in the Military History of Army Ordnance Corps.

Keeping with her ‘Women Empowerment’ campaign is Revathi Siddharthe Roy, who holds a Masters in Economics degree but drove taxi for 10 months in Mumbai to earn bread and butter for her family after her husband died in 2007.

Roy now runs a training school, Zaffiro Learning, for women learning to ride two-wheelers and serve as “last mile” delivery person for e-commerce companies.

By the end of this year, Roy said Zaffiro learning will put 10,000 women on two-wheelers under ‘HeyDeedee’ brand in Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Nagpur, Nasik Chennai and Kolkata.

In the past six months, she has already put 120 women with two-wheelers for making deliveries for e-commerce companies in Mumbai and Bangalore.

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“I only work for ‘Women Empowerment’. My life is all about transforming women’s life,” stated the social entrepreneur and a winner of NITI Aayog’s Women Transforming India 2016 award.

Joining in the awards was Dr Srimathy Kesan, who encourages children into Aerospace and Aeronautics subjects at her Chennai-based company, Space Kidz India.

Kesan draws children to science with the aim of building a pool of scientists in the coming year, stating India’s pool of scientists was diminishing as more and more students drew for engineering or medical studies.

“I want to encourage and motivate them to do much more in science,” said Dr Kesan who aspires to have an aerospace research park in India, building on her working relationship with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the US and the Russian Space Agencies.

Kesan stated her students have built and shipped to NASA a cube satellite which will be launched on a US rocket.

Other winners were: Dr Aparna Hegde of ARMMAN, Deepshikha Kumar of SpeakIn, Kanika Gupta Shori of Square Global, Minal D’Rozario of Ideosphere, Mini Dwivedi Gopinathan of PlayStreet Specially Abled Educare Trust, Saloni Mardia Kothari of Mtlexs Online, Sonia Kulkarni of Ketchum Sampark PR, and Swati Nathani of Team Pumpkin.

– prepared by Sabhyata Badhwar of NewsGram. Twitter: @SabbyDarkhorse

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Harvard University To Reward Malala Yousafzai For Her Rewarding Social Work

Now 20, Yousafzai is a student at Oxford University in England.

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Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai is being honored by Harvard University for her work promoting girls’ education.

Harvard’s Kennedy School says Yousafzai will be awarded the 2018 Gleitsman Award at a Dec. 6 ceremony.

Yousafzai became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 when she was recognized for her global work supporting schooling for all children.

Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, center, meets with the principal, second left, of all-boys Swat Cadet College Guli Bagh, upon her arrival during her hometown visit, 15 kilometers outside of Mingora, March 31, 2018.

As a teen in Pakistan, she survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban. She later founded the nonprofit Malala Fund to support her work.

Harvard officials say her story has inspired a generation of boys and girls to follow in her footsteps.

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Now 20, Yousafzai is a student at Oxford University in England.

The Gleitsman Award provides $125,000 for activism that has improved quality of life around the world. (VOA)