Tell Her Story 2018

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRAND PRIZE WINNER, DEEPA PAWAR, FOUNDER OF ANUBHUTI TRUST

GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Deepa Pawar

Founder and Director – AnubhutiMaharashtra – India

 Deepa Pawar is the founder and director of Anubhuti, a young women-led organization working for equity, justice, and democracy. A member of a vulnerable nomadic tribe, Deepa began working as a social activist when she was 14 years old. She has spent nearly two decades working with women, communities, NGOs, and state and local governments on issues of gender, health, rights, community development, and sanitation.

Deepa’s primary interest area is youth leadership. In years of working 

with young women and men, she has formed youth groups and mentored young leaders to advance gender equity and rights in their own families and communities, as well as at the national level. 

Deepa is a core team member of the nationally and internationally acclaimed Right to Pee campaign, a grassroots, young women-led initiative for safe, accessible, and dignified public toilets for women, girls, trans persons, and the disabled. As a voice for social and economic justice for girls and women, she writes in newspapers and magazines, speaks on news channels, and advocates with government officials and political leaders. Deepa was a finalist forthe CII Foundation’s Women Exemplar Award in Health in 2018 and is the winner of the 2018 Tell Her Story contest held by UC Berkeley.

RUNNER UP: Naween Mangi

Founder, The Ali Hasan Mangi Memorial Trust Fund.

The nonprofit has spearheaded development efforts in more than 30 villages by engaging and training community members to improve education, health care and infrastructure in communities.

RUNNER UP: Aarti Naik

Founder, Sakhi for Girls Education

A nonprofit that teaches girls from slums basic literacy and numeracy skills as well as life skills such as money management. With no staff or funding, and in the span of 10 years, the organization has worked with more than 500 girls.

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Pictures from their week-long stay in UC Berkeley

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Video-recording of Awards Gala on Sunday, September 16, 2018



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