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Meenu  Vadera

Founder, Sakha Consulting Wings Private limited

Founder/Executive Director, Azad Foundation

Meenu is a feminist and currently a social entrepreneur working on the idea of ‘Women on Wheels’. She has worked – nationally and internationally over the last twenty six years on a range of issues of women’s rights, that cover – women and reproductive rights, women and land rights, women in governance, violence against women, women with HIV/AIDs, women living in conflict situations. Meenu worked with Action Aid in Uganda as their Country Director, before founding the Women on Wheels social enterprise. A postgraduate of Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA), Meenu also chose to further support her experience on the ground by undertaking a Masters in Social Development and Public Policy at London School of Economics, where she did Gender studies in health and education. She has extensive network and linkages within India and externally, which has supported her and enabled her to initiate this innovative enterprise towards women’s right to livelihood with dignity.

Azad Foundation received the “Social Innovation Honors” given by Edelweiss and Kuber for there work on “women and employment”.

Sakha won the award for the best business plan in an international competition hosted by Business in Development (BiD) network in Netherlands.

Azad & Sakha have both been recognised for their innovative approach on working against  ‘violence against women’ by Jagori & Sangat South Asia.

In Oct. 2011 Meenu was awarded the first prize in Business and Enterprise category of the 100 unseen powerful Women, listed by One World Action from across 40 countries internationally.