NEW YORK — The Asia Foundation and the Lotus Circle, a community of individuals, foundations and corporations working together to advance the rights and opportunities of women in Asia, honored prominent women’s rights activist Ranjana Kumari June 3 at the fifth annual Lotus Leadership Awards here. 

Kumari, a leader in the women’s rights movement in India, received a Lotus Leadership Award for her efforts to create a humane, equitable and gender just society in India.

She is the director of the Center for Social Research, a non-profit whose landmark efforts have changed police attitudes towards women and addressed domestic violence in India and now include a push for one woman police officer to be placed in every police station in the country.

“The Asia Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment Program identifies change agents, and Ms. Kumari has transformed attitudes and communities around the world. We are honored to recognize her achievements with the Lotus Leadership Awards as we continue to Tell Her She Can, our global awareness and philanthropy campaign and message to women and girls.” said Carol Yost, senior director of The Asia Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment Program.

The Lotus Leadership Awards was created by a group of individuals and organizations who share the Asia Foundation’s goal of helping women and girls in Asia reach their full potential. Proceeds will be used to fund pilot projects to empower women and girls that can be scaled up for large-scale interventions across Asia.

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