Last year, Manika Sarkar, Tumpa Adhikary and Madam Kimmy Koshy – the former working against women trafficking, especially child trafficking, the second working towards the well being and education of the children of the red light areas and the latter working towards the rehabilitation of young children and bringing them back to the social mainstream were Kutchina Foundation’s Krrtikas. This year five women with outstanding contributions and efforts in bringing about a social impact and change in the lives of the underprivileged sections of the society in India were selected and only in its second year the offered fellowship and support has moved beyond the state to encompass various states of East India.
All Krritikas – Kutchina Foundation initiative identifies woman with outstanding contributions and efforts in bringing about a social impact and change in the lives of the underprivileged sections of the society in India, were felicitated recently that also saw a panel discussion on ‘Empowering women through social entrepreneurship’ with eminent women personalities like Britta Leick-Milde, General Manager, Hyatt, Agnimitra Paul, Fashion designer, Aloka Mitra, Founder & Director, Women Interlink Foundation and Urmi Basu, Founder & Director, New Light.
“Women are our demographics and those who are from underprivileged sections are struggling for existence often fighting discrimination and even sexual abuse & exploitation. These is our way of providing them moral and financial support as well as mentoring them to be self-sustaining in their efforts leading to capacity building. We are making them a social entrepreneur”, said, Namit Bajoria, Director, Kutchina.
Kutchina Charitable Foundation, which is functional since 2007 is engaged in charitable and social welfare via various NGOs under CSR activity has decided to directly involved. Under the initiative, these women are provided with fellowship cash rewards and all necessary support to motivate and help them continue necessary activities. At end of ceremony Namit handed a cheque of 50, 000 INR to all Krritikas.
The evening itself was brought to its deserved end post ‘Bawre Mann Ke Sapne’ – a National Award Winning play directed by Ramanjit Kaur who incidentally was also one of the panelists.
Brief profile of 2016 Krrtikas-
Jacinta is from Jharkhand and is a Dalit poet & writer. She works on creating voice for Dalit women and girls in the tribal heartland of Jharkhand. She is just back from Europe with her bagpack full with poeams and stories. She has been awareded for her amazing work on literature among dalits and adivasi women in Jharkhand by Germany.
Pratima runs her own organization among the extremely marginalized communities in Bihar. HSe herself has gone through mental and physical trauma due to early child marriage. She has learnt why education is the mainstay for women empowerment. Now with her organization she works among girls of the musahar (rat eaters) community in Bihar. She is creating waves of education in the state.
Baidehi is from Orissa and is regarded as the game changer in sports and girls in the state. She belongs to a very humble family and has been an inspiration to many girls in Orissa. She runs from one school to another in Orissa to promote sports among girls. She believes sorts can really help girls to get united and become empowered.
Sutapa from West Bengal is a champion in martial arts and works with one of the leading martial arts institutes in the outskirts of South 24 parganas including Sundarban areas. She believes that every girl should be taught self defence.
Samim runs a food business with marginalized women in the slums of Guwahati, Assam. She believes in creating a livelihood option for women survivors of domestic violence. Her work has created a strong community of women who have not only overcome the pains of domestic violence but also created powerful enterprises.