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 Chinnamma Nat Comm for Women Award


 Chinnamma (left) awarded by National Commission for Women (India) for her community leadership as the president of Jagrutha Mahila Sanghatan, Pothnal (Raichur)

The award was given at the occasion of the International Women’s day on  21 March, 2013 in Delhi.

National Commission for Women (Delhi) and Karnataka State Government honours Smt. Chinnamma, President of JMS

Profile of Chinnamma, President JMS


We are pleased to share with you the news that Smt. Chinnamma, president of the JMS sanchalana samiti, Potnal, Tq. Manvi, Raichur district has been bestowed with a national level honour specifically for her leadership in organising Dalit Women and for her work for the rights of Dalit women. National Commission for Women felicitated her on 21 March, 2013 in Delhi with a citation and a cash award of Rs.10,000/-

She was honoured by the State Government of Karnataka on 8th March, 2013 in Bangalore with the ‘Kittur Chinnamma’ award. These two awards have come to her without any lobbying for award –  http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/dont-let-men-be-backseat-drivers-shettar-tells-women/article4490375.ece

Apart from the state and national awards, other members of JMS are recognized by local communities and are felicitated for their hard work in the Community. On 17th March, 2013 Devaputhra (JMS activist) and Smt. Lakshmi (head of the terracotta unit and vice-president of JMS) were felicitated by Vidya Bharati School at a public function at Pothnal (Manvi Taluka of Raichur district). Smt Narasamma was felicitated for her leadership in community by Sakhi Resource Centre, Hospet on 21 March 2013 at a public gathering of women.

It is a great sense of honour for all at JMS that the Dalit women and community leaders have risen to this heights of recognition. JMS continues to believe that organising communities of the oppressed and struggle for their rights is one of the important ways of standing up for their dignity and confronting systemic injustice, while developing leadership and reconstruction of social order by changing power equations is important for asserting dignity and for realising empowerment.

Jagrutha Mahila Sanghatan (JMS) is thankful to all our friends who have reposed faith and supportedus in this journey for the last 14 years in standing up for the dignity of Dalit communities and Dalit women. The inspiration of Savitribai Phule and Baba Saheb Ambekar has been a strength behind JMS and JMS resolves to continue to stand for the rights of Dalit Communities and Dalit Women.



Don’t let men be backseat drivers, Shettar tells women

Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar on Friday exhorted women to exploit opportunities, including 50 per cent reservation in local bodies, for their empowerment and not let their husbands or fathers to “become backseat drivers”. He was speaking after presenting the Kittur Rani Chennamma Award to institutions, individuals, self-help groups and students on the occasion of the International Women’s Day celebrations organised by the Department of Women and Child Development here.

Ratna, an autorickshaw driver, was presented the Veera Mahile Award for chasing a chain-snatcher and handing him over to the police; (right) Chinnamma from Raichur, a 92-year-old midwife who has assisted in the delivery of 1,500 babies without charging a fee, was conferred the Kittur Rani Chennamma Award to mark International Women’s Day in Bangalore on Friday.— Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Women’s welfare: Individuals who were awarded working for women’s development are: Suryakala Murthy, Bangalore Rural district; Narasamma, Tumkur district; Mokshadayini R., Chitradurga district; Rani Chandrashekar, Mandya district; Susheelakka Shankara Gouda Patil, Haveri district; and Chinnamma, Raichur district.