Activist Wins US Prize for Work on Women’s Rights

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Activist Wins US Prize for Work on Women’s Rights

A Chennai – based activist and blogger was presented the US Presidential Service Award for her contribution to empowerment of women. Twenty – five – year – old Kirthi Jayakumar works as a lawyer, freelance journalist and volunteers with several UN projects.

Jayakumar was selected for the award considering her writings and campaigns that she initiated for Delta Women, a transnational NGO. She has worked on issues relating to women’s rights in several countries, including India, Afghanistan, Congo and Nigeria. “I am a firm believer that women are truly empowered when they are absolutely sovereign over their mind and body. Especially women in Tamil Nadu have plenty of potential and must constantly push the boundaries to further to find themselves,” said Jayakumar, after receiving the award and a congratulatory letter from US President Barack Obama, from Jennifer McIntyre, US consul general in Chennai.

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