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EdelGive Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Edelweiss Capital, has announced The EdelGive Social Innovation Honours 2011. The awards aim to identify and reward organisations that are innovating to empower women in India.

The objective is to showcase and support organisations, who in their approach, have tackled problems that women face in India. Rs 50 lakhs will be awarded to the winners across the five categories of health and wellbeing, education, economic security and livelihoods, social and cultural rights, and governance.  

The last day to send in applications for the awards is October 23, 2010, which will be followed by the short listing of entities. The recipient organisations will be selected after a four-stage evaluation process — initial application, short listing by internal jury, visits by field assessors  from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and final selection by an external jury.

According to Vidya Shah, Executive Director and Head, EdelGive Foundation, “In India, a high number of women and girls remain marginalised and disempowered. We hope to raise awareness of issues surrounding the girl child and to support organisations with original approaches to tackle these challenges.” The winners of the Edelweiss Social Innovation Honours 2011 will be announced on March 8, 2011. For details, log on to www.edelgive.org/honours/htm

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