Kutchina Foundation celebrates Krrtika 2016

Kolkata, 03st August 2016 : Kutchina celebrated Krritika 2016, the flagship annual event of Kutchina Foundation which identifies woman with outstanding contributions and efforts in bringing about a social impact and change in the lives of the underprivileged sections of the society in India. Under the initiative, these women are called KRRITIKAS and they are provided with fellowship cash rewards and all necessary support to motivate and help them continue those activities.

Last year, Kutchina supported Manika Sarkar, working against the women trafficking, especially child trafficking, Tumpa Adhikary working towards the well being and education of the children of the red light areas. Her aim is to encourage children from these areas to make them talk about their fears of lives as well of their peers, leading to better protection mechanism from sexual abuse and Madam Kimmy Koshy working towards the rehabilitation of young children and bringing them back to the social mainstream. All three women achieved huge success in their respective endeavor with the support.

This year, Kutchina offered its helping hand beyond the state and identified 5 women from across various states of East India to offer fellowship and support. The new Krritika are from 5 eastern states- From the tribal heartland of Jharkhand, from the Dalit villages in Bihar, from villages in Sundarban in Bengal, from the tribal belt of Orissa and the city slums of Assam. The courageous women whom Kutchina Foundation has identified for the fellowship this year are:

Jacinta is from Jharkhand and is a Dalit poet & writer. She works on creating voice for Dalit women and girls in the tribal heartland of Jharkhand. She is just back from Europe with her bagpack full with poeams and stories. She has been awareded for her amazing work on literature among dalits and adivasi women in Jharkhand by Germany.

Pratima runs her own organization among the extremely marginalized communities in Bihar. HSe herself has gone through mental and physical trauma due to early child marriage. She has learnt why education is the mainstay for women empowerment. Now with her organization she works among girls of the musahar (rat eaters) community in Bihar. She is creating waves of education in the state.

Baidehi is from Orissa and is regarded as the game changer in sports and girls in the state. She belongs to a very humble family and has been an inspiration to many girls in Orissa. She runs from one school to another in Orissa to promote sports among girls. She believes sorts can really help girls to get united and become empowered.

Sutapa from West Bengal is a champion in martial arts and works with one of the leading martial arts institutes in the outskirts of South 24 parganas including Sundarban areas. She believes that every girl should be taught self defence.

Samim runs a food business with marginalized women in the slums of Guwahati, Assam. She believes in creating a livelihood option for women survivors of domestic violence. Her work has created a strong community of women who have not only overcome the pains of domestic violence but also created powerful enterprises.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Namit Bajoria, Director, Kutchina said, “Women form the backbone of families and communities in the developing world, and a growing body of evidence demonstrates that women's success can have significant positive impact on local economies and communities. It is overwhelming to see that we have been able to create positive changes in the lives of so many women over the last one year through this initiative. This year we wanted to reach out to women from other states as well to create a better tomorrow for them by recognizing and mentoring the women leaders who are creating a positive impact in the lives of many disadvantaged”.

The occasion also witnessed a panel discussion on ‘Empowering women through social entrepreneurship’ with eminent women personalities like Ms. Britta Leick-Milde, General Manager, Hyatt, Ms. Agnimitra Paul, Fashion designer, Ms. Aloka Mitra, Founder & Director, Women Interlink Foundation and Ms. Urmi Basu, Founder & Director, New Light, being part of the panel. The panel discussion was followed by National Award Winning play " Bawre Mann Ke Sapne " directed by Ramanjit Kaur who was also one of the panelists.