On March 8, the world celebrates International Women’s Day. India aptly celebrates woman power by presenting Nari Shakti awards. This year, 39 women are Nari Shakti awardees who are being honoured for their extraordinary work. Their achievements as individuals or in organisations are a symbol of working towards empowering women.

Instituted by the Ministry of Women and Child development, the annual Nari Shakti awards will be presented by President Ram Nath Kovind.

The award is arguably the “highest civilian honour for women in India”

This year’s awardees include 30 individual awardees and nine institutional awardees, according to a press statement.

Each awardee will receive certificate and cash prize of Rs 1 lakh

The winners include the all-woman crew of Indian Navy’s sailing vessel Tarini which circumnavigated the globe. Justice Gita Mittal who worked for the vulnerable witness project for survivors of sexual violence and Thinlas Chorol who founded the Ladakhi Women’s Travel Company are some of the awardees.

Justice Gita Mittal

Acting Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Justice Gita Mittal will be the first person from the legal field to be bestowed with this award. Mittal took over as acting Chief Justice after Justice G Rohini’s retirement.

Navy’s sailing vessel Tarini

India’s first all-woman navy crew consists of six female officers who created maritime history with their circumnavigation trip. Sailing onboard INSV Tarini, they are on a five-leg expedition. The women’s crew is led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi.

Rekha Mishra

Mishra is an RPF sub-inspector of Central Railway who is known for her outstanding contribution to women empowerment. This 34-year-old railway cop joined the RPF in 2014. She created a record of sorts by rescuing 434 kids, 45 of them girls, at CSMT station in 2016.

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