UN award for Vasundhara Raje
May 15, 2007 - 10:33:51 PM

New York, May 15 - Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has been given the Third UN Women Together Award which honours women involved in promoting peace, reconciliation and gender equality.

Accepting the trophy and certificate from Heba Abdellatif of the UN Department of Political Affairs here Monday, Raje dedicated the award to the enterprise and skill of women in Rajasthan, saying: 'This is the day to remember for the women artisans of Rajasthan.'

Outlining the successful Self Help Group - movement in her state, she said, 'Today, 1,30,000 Women Self Help groups are proudly and efficiently dealing micro-credit worth Rs.1,600 million and are attending to the consumptive and economic needs of their families.

'The fabric I am wearing today - is an example of their magic. This honour rightfully belongs to the women of Rajasthan,' she added.

Raje was selected for the award 'recognising her understanding compassion of the miseries of the citizens of Rajasthan as well as her long lasting dedication to social causes.'

The Rajasthan government's Fashion for Development initiative aims to support millions of families involved in the traditional khadi, handloom and handicraft occupations through fashion.

Launched in 2005 to link artisans, weavers and craftspeople to the fashion industry, it believes that fashion is not only a preference or privilege of the rich but is intrinsically woven in the cultural milieu of the state.

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