Dayawati Modi Stree Shakti Samman, instituted in 1998 by Stree Shakti, is an award by the women, for the women of the women, and in the memory of an extraordinary woman. It is awarded to ‘a woman who dared to dream and had the ability to translate her dream into reality.’ The late Dayawati Modi, a Karmayogini Sanyasini, was an ordinary woman with extraordinary qualities. Smt. Modi was a champion of women’s cause. She established schools and colleges in North India. Driven by the motto ‘Work is Worship’. During her lifetime, she received prestigious awards for her social and cultural activities. Smt. Modi is today a legend.
Rashmi Singh has created a distinguished track record for her innovative work in human services, governance reforms and woman empowerment. She was the Founder Director of Mission Convergence programme and Samajik Suvidha Sangam in Delhi and was instrumental in laying the foundations, structures and processes which define this unique programme. Her key endeavors through this Mission were to redefine social policy on the basis of new criteria for poverty identification in terms of vulnerability, aligning government policies and delivery mechanisms to reach out to these vulnerable, and building effective GO-NGO partnerships at the grassroots.
She is currently working as the Executive Director in the National Mission for Empowerment of Women.
Rashmi Singh has won several national and international awards like the Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Puraskar, Stree-Shakti award instituted by the Ministry of WCD, Govt of India, conferred upon her by the President of India in recognition of her services in the area of Women’s Empowerment & Distinguished leadership award for internationals by the University of Minnesota in USA, among many other recognitions.
Stree Shakti is pleased to honour Rashmi Singh with the Dayawati Modi Stree Shakti Samman 2012 for her outstanding achievements and innovative programmes that have had a positive impact on the lives of many marginalized women.