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Manasi among world’s Top 20 feminist authors, activists

Bhubaneswar, Nov 23: Internationally acclaimed women’s rights activist and author Manasi Pradhan has become the first Indian to feature in the prestigious global list of World’s Top 20 feminist author and activist compiled by America’s highest read women magazine “Bustle”.

The list includes seven Nobel Prize winners and several Pulitzerprize winners including Naomi Klein, MalalaYousafzai, Angela Davis, Kate Millet, Gloria Steinem, ShirinEbadi, RigobertaMenchu, Betty Friedan, Sheryl WuDunn and Ann Jones.

The book “Urmi O Uchchwas” authored by Pradhan and translated into eight major languages has been listed by the Bustle magazine as a must read to get inspired to get out there and fight. The New York-based Bustle magazine is widely read across the globe with over 11 Million monthly readership. 

Born to a very poor family in a remote village of Odisha, the life story of Pradhan and her fight against all odds has been a subject of several documentaries and tele-series across the globe. Last month, she featured in the Women Activism project of New York City government. She is also scheduled to be featured in the

She is the founder of OYSS Women and NirbhayaVahini. In 2009, she launched the Honour for Women National Campaign, a nationwide movement to end violence against women in India. The movement has been instrumental in galvanizing the nation against women atrocities.

Recipient of many prestigious awards, including Rani LakhmibaiStree Shakti Puraskar, ‘Outstanding Women Award’ for 2011 along with Mary Pierick, she will be conferred with the “Peace Award” by Global Peace Initiative on November 25.

Pradhan has served as a Member of the National Commission for Women and India’s Central Film Censor Board.

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