The ethos of Udyogini is a fundamental belief in women’s empowerment and capacity to be leaders. The Anita Sen Memorial Award is given annually to disadvantaged women who have overcome odds to build an enterprise that is of direct benefit to them, and have consistently displayed the ideals of Anita Sen, in whose memory the Award was instituted. Anita was Udyogini’s Program Coordinator when she died in a rail accident, in September 2002 on her way back from Udyogini’s program area in Orissa.
The values that guide the selection of the recipients are: Sensitivity to society, Unselfishness and Selflessness; Simplicity; Sincerity; Determination and Courage; Being forthright; Being critically reflective and also open to criticism; and Care for the smallest thing. This award is given annually to women or women’s groups for demonstrating their courage, determination, sensitivity to society and being critically reflective. A Committee has been constituted to determine the focus, criteria, and process as well as to select the awardees.
The Anita Sen Memorial Award for the year 2016 was awarded to Babita Devi from Gumla district, Parmeshwari Devi from Bundu district and Amrita Devi from Tamar district for their contribution in enterprise domain and acted as role models for other women. 17 other women who have demonstrated the spark in the field of enterprise and entrepreneurship were awarded under “Women Entrepreneurship Award Program”.