The Fifth Annual Lotus Leadersip Awards will honour the work of Dr Ranjana Kumari, the Director of Centre for Social Research (CSR), a non-profit organization in India dedicated to empowering women and girls and promoting women's fundamental rights. Dr Kumari, a long-time champion for women's causes, has worked tirelessly to promote women's political participation, combat domestic violence, and advocate for gender equality as a leader on the forefront of the women's movement in India. The Lotus Leadership Awards, instituted by The Asia Foundation, New York recognize outstanding individuals who have made major contributions to the well-being of women and their communities in Asia. The awards will be given away on June 3 in New York. "I am happy to receive this Award.
Such awards inspire you to do more for women's equal rights. They also serve as a reminder that more work needs to be done towards reducing crime and discrimination against women," said Dr Kumari. The Asia Foundation will also honour Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and co-author of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a New York Times best-seller about the struggles women face, particularly in developing countries.