IWA names its Woman of the Year

IWA names its Woman of the Year
Indian High Commissioner, Her Excellency Mrs Vijay Thakur Singh handing over the IWA Woman of the Year award to winner Mrs Bhavani Prakash

The founder of Eco Walk the Talk and Green Collar Asia Bhavani Prakash was named the Sony IWA Woman of the Year 2014 at an award function on March 7.

She was one of five women nominated for the award, among them Ms Kalyani K. Mehta, Ms Ramya Nageswaran, Ms Sreyashi Sen and Ms Mrinalini Kumar.

The event at the Holiday Inn Hotel Orchard City Centre was organised by Sony Entertainment Television Asia and Indian Woman's Association (IWA) Singapore. It was held in conjunction with International Women's Day on March 8.

IWA vice-president Nirupa Parthasarathy said: "We have identified women who have not only strived towards their betterment but who, in spite of their personal challenges, have generously extended their arm of support to social causes."

Indian high commissioner Vijay Thakur Singh, who was the guest of honour, complimented the IWA's efforts to empower Indian women in Singapore and congratulated the five women for their efforts in pursuing social causes in her speech.

"The home-profession balance is a greater challenge for women than for men, because that is the way it has been. Yet, women have managed this challenge far better than men," she said, adding that the support women get from their husbands and families plays a big role in making it possible for them to accomplish great things.

Ms Prakash was honoured for her efforts to educate the public about the necessity of fostering sustainable living through taking care of the environment and going green.

"I'm truly passionate about creating awareness of sustainability from an ecological and a human perspective, as well as the need to take action whether as a self-leader, or a leader of an organisation, team or community. I strive to do this in an engaging and experiential way - because that is the way people learn best," she wrote on her website.

A speaker, trainer and writer, she has written many articles, conducted workshops and given talks on sustainability and various environmental issues at various forums. "I think all of us are winners, because we're so passionate about our causes," said Ms Prakash.

In true environmentalist fashion, she added that she would like to thank Mother Earth for her kindness and love and called for everyone to take note of environmental issues and to do their part to conserve nature.


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