By Tanya Satish

The coveted “Women’s Achievers Awards” by Young Environmentalists Programme was back for the eleventh year with an even larger gathering of women from all across the nation. On March 7th, the green award winning Rodas Ecotel, at the luxurious Hiranandani Gardens complex at Powai Mumbai hosted a magnificent afternoon filled with inspiring women.

Celebrating Mr.Niranjan Hiranandani’s birthday at the occasion too every year makes the event more remarkable with his blessings. Mr. Niranjan said while speaking at the felicitation programme at  Rodas Ecotel Hiranandani Gardens Powai, “We are an award winning real estate and hospitality industry organization, and as part of our CSR it our privilege to honour women who show leadership and strength, to help make the world a better place for our present citizens as well as leave behind a greener planet for our children in every social aspect.”

The day saw celebrities like Actress Bhagyashree, Zareen Khan, Sophia Premji, Pooja Bedi, Farah Ali Khan, Miss Femina Gail Dasilva, Imminent legal eagle Abha Singh, Artist Rouble Nagi, Mrs Asia Pacific Ritika Vinay, Deepti Gujral, Maheka Mirpuri, Priyanka Bose and Dr.Narmada Matang among many many others who came down all the way to Hiranandani Gardens Powai in celebration of achievements and womanhood!

Outstanding women of substance from all walks of life gather in large numbers to felicitate other women who have risen literally through trial by fire, worked by the sweat of their brow, some who overcome poverty and challenges to arise out of the dust of the earth to emerge as achievers. Of course, the two awardees from the Hiranandani Hospital were Dr.Arpita Dwivedi and ICU Nurse Sylvia Jose Mathews were selected for their unflinching dedication to health in times of life and death situations here in Mumbai at the leading Hiranandani Hospital.

We also awarded an acid victim, Pragya Singh, who came all the way from Bangalore, her inspiration and dignity was very contagious, and she got a standing ovation from the audience.Similarly, there were a hall full of women applauding and uplifting as each one shared their courageous stories.

Young Environmentalists Programme aims at educating environmental leaders of tomorrow today, by creating an environmental awakening and education among the citizens of our country.

Says Elsie Gabriel who is an award-winning author and environmentalist her self, Mentor Climate Reality and Founder of the Young Environmentalists Programme Trust, “We are grateful to the Hiranandani Group and Rodas awarding winning green hotel in hosting the awards function to support women. We have recognized leading women who have made a positive difference in the community and stood out as enigmatic leaders. Many have made grass root level efforts, others have campaigned nationwide, some have contributed to policy making decisions by the government and some simply have gone all out to garner public support with out a flinch, none the less  all has devoted time and effort to making our world a better place for others!”

Of course, some say every day is women’s day, sure but why not inspire and get inspired by sharing, finding the time to uplift and help sustain other women.

In promoting women’s empowerment, it was critical that the community systematically link women to the development agenda, and continue its discussion on the advancement of women. Echoing this focus on development’s gender dimension, all awardees underlined the growing awareness of the crucial role of women in development and the need for their participation in decision-making processes to ensure sustainable development.