New Delhi: Globally-recognized women’s rights activist Mrs Manasi Pradhan was conferred with the prestigious ‘Power Brands Global Award’ for the year 2019 by the 13th President of India Dr. Pranab Mukherjee at New Delhi on this Friday.
Apart from Mrs Pradhan, those conferred with the award at the New Delhi award ceremony includes Indian parliamentarian Mrs Maneka Gandhi, billionaire industrialist Anu Agha, Emmy Award-winning film maker Belinda Wright and noted actress & activists Nafisa Ali.
The award instituted by the London-based Power Brands Global is annually conferred on individuals considered world’s greatest social change agents and crusaders for equality. The annual award ceremony is held at London, Las Vegas, Dubai and New Delhi for the respective region. The New Delhi award ceremony presided by internationally acclaimed author and management guru Dr. Arindam Chaudhury was held in association with Sunday Indian Media and Times Now.
Mrs. Pradhan is frequently featured among World’s top activists and authors by prestigious international publications. In 2016, the New York based Bustle magazine named her among 20 most inspiring Feminists Authors and Activists along with Nobel Prize winners Shirin Ebadi, Rigoberta Menchu, Malala Yousafzai, Betty Friedan, and Gloria Steinem. In 2017, the Los Angeles based Welker Media Inc. named her among 12 most powerful feminist change makers across the globe.
In 2018, She was invited by the prestigious Oxford Union, University of Oxford, to address the union, sharing the honour with great icons like Albert Einstein, Sir Winston Churchill, Stephen Hawkings, US Presidents Reagan, Nixon and Carter, Margaret Thatcher and the likes who have spoken at the union.
Mrs. Manasi Pradhan was conferred with the prestigious Rani Lakhsmibai Stree Shakti Puraskar for the year 2014 by the President of India at Rashtrapati Bhawan. She has received numerous international and national awards including the Outstanding Women Award in 2011.
Manasi Pradhan is also an acclaimed author and poet. Her fourth book Urmi-O-Uchchwas has been translated into eight major languages.
Born on 4 October 1962 to a very poor family in a remote village of Odisha, Mrs. Pradhan fought successfully the widely prevalent social taboo against educating women, walked 15 km daily amidst hilly terrain and swamp to the only high school in the entire region to emerge as first woman matriculate of her village and subsequently the first woman law graduate of her region. The inspiring life story of Mrs. Pradhan has been adopted as documentaries in several countries including United States and Israel.