Yashoda Pandey from Nuapada district won the prestigious V-Awards 2020 by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) India. She was awarded because of her contribution and efforts to prevent child marriages in India.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik all praised her for winning this award and making the whole state proud. Her work is an inspiration for all, and it will make more volunteers who will help create a change and transform society. CM took the social media account and congratulated her for her fantastic work and recognization – “Congratulate Yashoda Pandey from Nuapada on winning the prestigious V-Award 2020 by @UNV_India for her efforts to prevent child marriages in the district. Her work is an inspiration for all and it will make more volunteers to do transformational work in the society.”
Yashoda expressed her happiness and said, “This award is an inspiration, not just for me but all those working with us. Being the President of this Girl Federation, I dedicate this award to one and all who is a part of it. I’d extend my thanks to the award management team who considered me capable for this award.”
In 2017 at the age of 18, Pandey started working on this initiative to fight against child marriage’s ill practice. Even she was the President of the Block level project ‘ANANYA’girl’s federation is committed to preventing child marriages.
Not only for the child marriage cause, even to fight the world’s deadliest virus pandemic, she took the initiative to sewed over 500 masks and distributed them free to many people. Along with that, she also organized several programs to educate the people on handwashing, wearing masks and social distancing.
Apart from this, she has been volunteering to empower adolescent girls and helping them in making better decisions on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights, Menstrual Health, and hygiene.
Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty
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