Honouring Covid Warriors & Outstanding Women Achievers 2021

Public Diplomacy Forum in association with Tatsat Foundation, Narmadeshwari, Business World and GovernanceNow get together for celebration of 14th edition of the UN designated Annual International Women’s Day Awards

Women are breaking shibboleths every day, fighting stereotypical notions and archaic norms. Even the Unites States’ first woman Vice-President Kamala Harris would not have broken the glass ceiling if she hadn’t battled her inner doubts and challenges that mixed race and polarized times imposed on her. Juggling jobs and home, women have been at the forefront of the Covid battle. Honouring such heroic women thus serves as an inspiration for a multitude of others who are waging their own battles every day.

On the occasion of the 14th Edition of the UN- designated International Women’s Day on March 8, 2021, leading social advocacy Tatsat Foundation joined hands with Public Diplomacy Forum, grassroots’ social organisation Narmadeshwari, media partners Business World and Governance Now to celebrate women’s indomitable spirit and to honour outstanding women achievers.

The annual celebration of Stree Shakti is a much-anticipated calendar event in New Delhi. Held on March 8, 2021, at Hotel Claridges, the event was attended by Delhi’s eminent personalities, UN delegates, diplomats, corporate heads, and celebrities.

To honour Covid warriors, and to support efforts at rebuilding India, Outstanding Women Achievers of 2020-‘21 were felicitated, to celebrate real women heroes from real life. Women from diverse fields were chosen for the outstanding honour. These include Anjalee Kapoor, fashion designer; Asha Kamal Modi, jewellery designer; Jyotika Jhalani, fashion entrepreneur; Karishhma Lamba, motivational blogger; Neelima Dalmia Adhar, author; Neha Khanna, media personality; Riya Rastogi, legal professional; Saskia Rao, musician; Shilani Sadh, digital marketer and influencer; Shaunali Nanda, interior designer; Sutapa Basu, publisher and Dr. Sumi Gupta, CSR advisory.

Chief guest, parliamentarian Shri Shahshi Tharoor, tweeted: “Keynoted, as Chief Guest, the 14th#International Women’s Day awards of the#Public Diplomacy Forum &# Narmadeshwari. Wonderful to recognise and honour so many distinguished achievers in different fields. There really is nothing a man can do better.”

The other distinguished guests included honourable Rajya Sabha MP Padma Vibhushan, Odissi and Bharatnatyam dancer Dr Sonal Mansingh; Director General, ICCR, Shri Dinesh K Patnaik; environmentalist and Gandhian, Smt Tara Gandhi; entrepreneur and philanthropist Smt Aruna Oswal; and, Chairman of Business World, Dr Annurag Batra.

On the occasion, Ratan Kaul, Founder and President, Public Diplomacy Forum, said: “This celebration recognizes and praises the spirit and courage shown by women across fields who have excelled and achieved their aim by fighting the odds. Our platform is enthused to recognize achievers, keeping their spirit high by recognizing and awarding them. I feel that womanhood needs to be celebrated more than anything else in today’s day and age. Celebrating and awarding proficient women through this platform is just another opportunity to appreciate the remarkable contribution of women to our society.”

Director, Tatsat Foundation, Dr. Sumi Gupta said: “From Savitribai Phule to Rosa Parks, women have been at the forefront of social change throughout modern history. Some of the most important movements in every field have been led by women. They comprise about 50 per cent of the global workforce. Therefore, it is imperative that Women’s Rights are protected and upheld by governments around the world for creating a more equitable society, without which the march of the civilization will be lopsided. The UN must press its member countries to declare Women’s Rights as an inalienable right.”

March 8th is observed as International Women’s Day globally, designated by the United Nations, to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political contribution of women achievers. The aim is to acknowledge women frontline workers and real heroes from real life, and this year, specially, the Covid-19 Women Warriors.

Chief guest, parliamentarian Shri Shahshi Tharoor, tweeted: “Keynoted, as Chief Guest, the 14th #International Women’s Day awards of the #Public Diplomacy Forum & # Narmadeshwari. Wonderful to recognise and honour so many distinguished achievers in different fields. There really is nothing a man can do better.” 


Neki ki Deewar

Status: Completed

This project was implemented in partnership with Next Leap Organisation. The key concept of this innovative project was to provide free access to items of basic need such as clothes, books, electronic items, toys etc., to people living in remote tribal areas without taking any prior approval.

Companies like MRC, Xceedence, Innovaceer and Altran served as partners for the project. The collection drive saw enthusiastic participation from the employees of the partner organisations, who donated generously in the collection boxes that were placed in the premises of the companies. The collection drive was conducted in Gurgram, Noida, Bengaluru and Pune. A blood donation camp was also conducted at these donations centres that saw an overwhelming response.

This participative project benefitted xx number of tribal people in some of the remotest corners of India






Status: Completed

The Covid-19 pandemic and the initial 21-day lockdown in March 2020, wreaked havoc on the lives and livelihood of the millions of migrant workers, who survive on daily wages. Project Zindagi was conceived and delivered in partnership of Reliance Fresh and Delhi police in a matter of days.

With the entire NCR region under strict lockdown, partnership with Delhi Police was critical in reaching the most vulnerable in pockets such as Govindpuri JJ Colony, Chirag Delhi and Kalkaji to name a few.

During the ration distribution process, Delhi Police personnel and Tatsat FoundationTM  volunteers also raised awareness about the importance of social distancing, wearing masks and sanitisation for preventing the spread of the pandemic in clusters where people live in close proximity.

The volunteers of the foundation procured high-quality items of daily need such as dry rations, cooking oil, spices toothpaste, soap and sanitizers from Reliance Fresh distributed in mini packs to thousands of migrant workers, who were stranded in the Delhi region in the midst of the lockdown.

Khajuraho International Film Festival

Status: Completed

Tatsat FoundationTM joined hands with this internationally famous film festival that is organised every year against the backdrop of the iconic Khajuraho Temples—a UNESCO World Heritage site—to raise awareness about the importance of CSR education.

The aim of this partnership was to highlight the importance of adopting best global practices in social sector management through education and certification to an audience that comprised some of the top decision makers in India. A host of celebrities and film stars, who attended the festival, actively promoted the message of the importance of social sector education in India.





Blood Donation Camps

Status : Ongoing

Organising blood donation camps is one of the important initiatives that the Tatsat FoundationTM undertakes every year.

On an annual basis, we organise six, standalone blood donation camps in six different cities across India. We also raise awareness about the importance of blood donation among the youth at these camps. These camps are organised in partnership with the International Red Cross Society.

Medha 2020

AAward-winning Tatsat Foundation that has been focused on community drives and reaching out help for frontline workers during the pandemic, in yet another landmark event, joined hands as Media Partner for MEDHA 2020, held on 5th December, 2020. The unique event showcases talents of visually impaired. A National Awards Ceremony to commemorate World Disability Day 2020 was also held at the event. The evening included a grand sufi musical event and an awards night, held in partnership with the National Association for the Blind-Delhi (NAB-Delhi) and Golden Shine Cultural Welfare Trust.