Gargi Woman Award

 

    Nominations for 2022 Gargi awards are open from 1st January 2022 to 31st January 2022. Awards would be given sometime in March 2022 (exact date to be announced shortly)

    Please fill the form below to make a nomination.

    I would like to nominate the following woman for Gargi Awards instituted by Hindu Council of Australia. I have consent from her to apply for her nomination and she has agreed to attend the awards ceremony if among top nominees.
    (We encourage self nominations also)

    Award category:

    Nominee Name :
    Nominee Email:
    Nominee Phone:
    Nominee State:

    Previous Awards:

    List Nominees significant achievement in her field for which the nominee has not been recognized yet with a major award:

    Describe how, if, this was achieved against odds :

    Describe how she is a good role model for young Australian women growing up in Australia:
    (A woman is a good role model for young girls growing up in Australia if :
    While may be professing her own religion, respects the right of others to pursue their own faith.
    Does not believe in religious conversion.
    Believes in settling differences using democratic and non-violent means
    Encourages kindness to all life forms and to the environment
    Believes in equal rights for men and women.)

    Please list web site links below supporting above claims:

    Please enter a brief (one paragraph) profile of the nominee :

    Please upload a photograph of the nominee : (maximum size 1MB)

    The nominee is:
    A resident of Australia
    Not an elected representatives of a local council or a parliament
    Not an office bearer of a political party
    The achievements have not been recognized yet


    (If you get an error while submitting this form, please email your nomination entry to women@hinducouncil.com.au Your email will be treated as a valid entry for the Gargi award.)

    About Gargi Award

    On the International day of women 2018, Hindu Council of Australia has decided to institute an award for outstanding women in Australia who make a good role model for growing up Hindu girls and women. The award will consist of a commendation letter and will be awarded in multiple categories like Sports, Journalism, Performers, Defense, Community Carers, Home Carers, Seniors Carers, Educationist etc.

    The award is named after an ancient Indian philosopher considered to be the first woman philosopher Gargi Vachaknavi (c. 7th century BCE). She is honored as a renowned expounder of the eternal knowledge in Vedic Literature.  She participated in a philosophic debate and challenged the established male sage Yajnavalkya, the only lady to do so.  She is also said to have written many hymns in the Rigveda. (Source: Wikipedia)

    Recent Awards Activities

    2022 Gargi Awards

    Selection Criteria for 2022

    1.    Should have made a substantial contribution in her nominated field as evidenced by one of the following:

    a.  Has accomplished pioneering work or has accomplished against odds 
    b.  Has made a significant achievement in her nominated field

    2.    Should be a good role model for young Australian Hindu girls growing up in Australia as evidenced by her living by good moral, ethical and social values cherished by Hindus and valued in Hindu Dharma

    The nominee must
    1.    Must be a resident of Australia
    2.    Not be an elected representative of any local council, state parliament or federal parliament.
    3.    Not be an office bearer of any political party
    4.    Have accomplished work has not been widely recognized yet
     
    Award Categories

    Awards will be made under following categories

    1.       Sports

    2.       Frontline emergency services : Defense, Police, Fire, emergency services

    3.       Performing Arts

    4.       Arts, Language and Culture

    5.       Education, Science and Research

    6.       Aged Care and Community Services

    7.       Journalism

     

    Selection Process for 2022 Gargi Award

    Nominations are open to any woman over the age of 18 years who is likely to fulfill the criteria.

    All nominations will be filled out online.

    Person being nominated should give their consent and agree to be present in the award ceremony if their name is shortlisted among top three contenders.

    Evidence should be provided in the form of internet links or assurances by those who know or ought to know about the nominee.

    Selection process

    Hindu Council team will go through all the nominations and remove nominees whose nomination is either incomplete, inaccurate, not supported by evidence or does not meet the selection criteria.

    Hindu Council will check the facts supporting nomination and will rank the reliability index of references and supporting evidence on a  scale of 3 to 5.

    Each of the remaining nominees details will be sent to each of the judges. The judges will score each nominee and give them a rank from 0 to 5 for each of the following criteria :

        (a) contribution made and

        (b) is a good role model

           A woman is a good role model for young Hindu girls growing up in Australia if :

    1. While may be professing her own religion, respects the right of others to pursue their own faith.
    2. Does not believe in religious conversion.
    3. Believes in settling differences using democratic and non-violent means
    4. Encourages kindness to all life forms and to the environment
    5. Believes in equal rights for men and women.

    The score given by the judges will be multiplied by the reliability index to get overall score for each nominee.

    Hindu Council will choose top three nominees in each category and will set up a video interview with each one of them asking them to explain their work and why they are a good role model.

    The videos will be circulated among the judges so that they can rank these top three contenders. Nominee with maximum score in this round will be the winners.

    Announcements

    Top three contenders in each category will be invited to the Award ceremony. Winner names will be announced at the time of presentation of the awards. If the top winner is not present in the ceremony, the award will be passed to the nominee with next highest score.

    Jury for 2022 Gargi Awards

    The team of jury will score each nominee. Jury are from different walks of life, with a reputation of being fair and just and with ability and willingness to work with Hindu Council and promote the award.

    Lynda Ben-Menashe

    Lynda

    Lynda Ben-Menashe has worked in Australia and Israel in education, publishing and public diplomacy. For 14 years until January 2022 she served at the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, the elected representative roof body of the NSW Jewish community.

    As its Head of Engagement Lynda created programs including the “We Are All Sydney” community leadership program, the Shared Table Project, Respect Understanding and Acceptance schools harmony programs, the Women of Diversity Dinner,  the Hand In Hand online portal to Jewish-First Nations collaborations, Bus Tours of Jewish Sydney, Bilateral annual events with the Indian community including Haifa Day, Bilateral annual events with the Chinese community including Shanghai Commemoration, Your Shabbat Your Way Home Shabbat dinners and Give Peace a Chance study tours of Israel and Palestine for mixed groups of NGOs to examine grassroots peacebuilding. 

    Lynda’s passion is innovation in the building of social capital.

    Dianne North, OAM

    Dianne  North has been a member of the Pharmacy profession since 1973, in that time focussing on Community, Palliative Care and Oncology fields of Pharmacy practice. Dianne was a recipient of the University of Sydney Gold Medal in 2000 for her service to Pharmacy.

    Dianne has undertaken many volunteering roles in her children’s school and sporting activities, amongst others. Dianne is an accredited basketball score table official having officiated for NBL, Wheelchair NBL and Paralympics.

    Dianne joined Rotary in 2008 and held many roles in that time. Dianne was selected to be the District Governor for Rotary District 9675 in 2019-20. Dianne was awarded an OAM in 2019 for her services to the Illawarra Community.

    Since 2020 Dianne has been a member of the Rotarian Committee which oversees the running of Interplast Australia and New Zealand, a not for profit organisation which sends teams of plastic surgeons to developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region. 

    Rosemary Kariuki

    As an Asylum Seeker Rosemary arrived in Australia in 1999, with no assets and no family.  Since that time Rosemary has made many friends and has volunteered her own time to support the community especially the women and the youth. Rosemary Kariuki is affectionately known as ‘Big Mama Rosemary’ in the western suburbs of Sydney. This is where she works tirelessly for her community both as a Multicultural Community Liaison Officer for NSW Police and in her numerous volunteer projects that support the CALD Women.

    Rosemary has been acknowledged with many awards some of them the Parramatta Citizen of the Year, Woman of the year from Western Sydney Uni, African Walk of Fame among many others.  2021 Australia Local Hero.  Rosemary says she is very proud to be an Australian.

    Now she spends her time giving back to her new home, organizing and lobbying for countless events and services. I’m a founder member of the African Women Group (AWG-NSW), a volunteer organisation She is a founder member of the African Women Group which was created to advocate for and to break down the social isolation many African and CALD Women experience in this country through different programs like the famous annual African Women Dinner dance and the Cultural Exchange Program, mental health, healthy family Relationship etc.

    As a hobby, Rosemary has featured in the Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe documentary where she is one of the four women who have told their journey on forgiveness and resilience and how they have moved forward.  She has just finished one called “Rosemary’s Ways Documentary a must to see. 

     

    Due to pandemic, Gargi awards were not held in 2021.

    Gargi woman award is given to Australian women for their outstanding contribution to the community. Gargi women make good role models for young girls and women growing up in Australia.

    2020 awards were delayed due to pandemic. A ceremony was held in March 2021 and the awards were handed out by Hon. Alex Hawke, Minister for Immigration.

     

    WINNERS OF GARGI 2020 AWARDS

    A plaque confirming the Gargi 2020 award was given to following winners of Gargi Award

    Jeanie Wood – Gargi Award 2020 Winner in Journalism Category
    Clare Stockdale – Gargi Award 2020 Winner in Sports Category
    Kavitha Jayakumar – Gargi Award 2020 Winner in Arts Category
    Felicity Kean – Gargi Award Winner 2020 Education
    Rachna Soni – Gargi Award Winner Defense, Police, Fire & Emergency Services
    Nandini Shankara Narayana – Gargi Award Winner 2020 Science and Research
    Kanan Shah – Gargi Award 2020 Winner Performing Arts
    Gargi woman 2020 – Dr Rugmini Venkataraman, NSW, Community Services

     

    Gargi 2020 Photo Gallery 

     

    Download Gargi Awards 2021 brochure

     

     

     

    FINALISTS OF GARGI 2020 AWARDS

    A certificate of being a Finalist for Gargi 2020 award was given to following finalists

    Prathibha Bhanushali - Arts

    Harinder Kaur - Community Service

    Anita Ravi Upadhye - Community Service

    Maryam Popal Zahid - Community Service

    Nikhala Kiran - Performer

    Ira Harshraj Patkar - Performer

    Manjula Vishwanath - Performer

    Anna Sokolova - Science and Research

    Dr Garima Sharma - Science and Research

    Seema Gowda - Performer

    Neha Takale - Education

    Dr Rajeshwari Chelliah Senathriraj - Education

    Indu Harikrishna - Community Service

    Bhumika Mayur Mhatre - Community Service

    Dr Sabrin Farooqui - Community Service

     

    Jury to select winners for 2020

    • Susan Wakefield, OAM

    Susan has been awarded OAM and Jean Harris award for her services to the Girl Guide movement. 

    • Rosalie Fishman, BA, M Com., AIM, AITD, AAPT,
      Rosalie is a highly skilled educator and management consultant. Her professional background in academia (UTS and AGSM), included research (in culture, organizational learning and change management) teaching (post graduate and executive programs) and consulting across a range of organizations. Her focus has always been on bridging the gap between the big picture and individual contribution through the interplay of organizational culture, change management, leadership, personal development and process facilitation. Rosalie has a special interest in diversity and sees the need to build ‘inclusiveness in culture’ across differences both within and between groups. She is engaged as a management consultant with 8Hotels Boutique Co., and uses her expertise in a volunteer capacity for non-for-profit organizations, currently serving as a key worker for UIA Women’s division and on the Community Relations Committee at the NSWJBD.

    Winners

    Click here to download Gargi Awards 2019 Booklet of Final Shortlisted Nominees

    2019 Gargi Awards

    In 2019 the award was presented by Hindu Council of Australia at International Women Day ceremony on 9th March 2019 in Grevillea Room, Wenthworthville.

    The winners of 2019 Gargi Woman Award are :

    1. Kamala (Nayni) Sharma-Wing, ACT - Defence Police Fire Emergency services
    2. Harita Mehta, NSW - Journalism
    3. Dr Chandrika Subramaniyan, NSW - Language & Culture
    4. Mittu Gopalan, NSW - Performing Arts
    5. Manju Jain Verma - Community Service

     

    The nominations were accepted online and were closed on 31st December 2018.

    Click here to Nominate someone or yourself for Gargi Award 2019

     

     

    About Gargi Award

    On the International day of women 2018, Hindu Council of Australia has decided to institute an award for outstanding women in Australia who make a good role model for growing up Hindu girls and women. The award will consist of a commendation letter and will be awarded in multiple categories like Sports, Journalism, Performers, Defense, Community Carers, Home Carers, Seniors Carers, Educationist etc.

    The award is named after an ancient Indian philosopher considered to be the first woman philosopher Gargi Vachaknavi (c. 7th century BCE). She is honored as a renowned expounder of the eternal knowledge in Vedic Literature.  She participated in a philosophic debate and challenged the established male sage Yajnavalkya, the only lady to do so.  She is also said to have written many hymns in the Rigveda. (Source: Wikipedia)

     

     

    Recent Awards Activities

    2019 Gargi Awards

    The nominations for Gargi Woman Award 2019 are open now.

    Selection Criteria for 2019

    1.    Should have made a substantial contribution in her field as evidenced by one of the following:

    a.  Has accomplished pioneering work or has accomplished against odds 
    b.  Has made a significant achievement in her field

    2.    Should be a good role model for young Australian Hindu girls growing up in Australia as evidenced by any one of the following :

    a.  Is not of Hindu faith but lives by good moral, ethical and social values that are cherished by Hindus
    b.  Is a Hindu and has retained her Hindu values
     
    The nominee
    1.    Must be a resident of Australia
    2.    The nominee is not an elected representative of a local council, state parliament or federal parliament.
    3.    Is not an office bearer of a political party
    4.     The accomplishment work has not been recognized yet
     
    Award Categories

    Awards will be made under following categories

    1.       Sports

    2.       Defense, Police, Fire, emergency services

    3.       Performing and Arts

    4.       Community services

    5.       Education

    6.       Science and Research

    7.       Language and Culture

    8.       Journalism

    Selection Process for 2019 Gargi Award

    Nominations are open to any woman over the age of 18 years who is likely to fulfill the criteria.

    All nominations will be filled out online.

    Person being nominated should give their consent and agree to be present in the award ceremony if their name is short listed among top three contenders.

    Evidence should be provided in the form of internet links or assurances by those who know or ought to know about the nominee.

    Selection process

    Hindu Council team will go through all the nominations and remove nominees whose nomination is either incomplete, inaccurate, not supported by evidence or does not meet the selection criteria.

    Hindu Council will check the facts supporting nomination and will rank the reliability index of references and supporting evidence on a  scale of 3 to 5.

    Each of the remaining nominees details will be sent to each of the judges. The judges will score each nominee and give them a rank from 0 to 5 for each of the following criteria :

        (a) contribution made and

        (b) is a good role model

           A woman is a good role model for young Hindu girls growing up in Australia if :

    1. While may be professing her own religion, respects the right of others to pursue their own faith.
    2. Does not believe in religious conversion.
    3. Believes in settling differences using democratic and non-violent means
    4. Encourages kindness to all life forms and to the environment
    5. Believes in equal rights for men and women.

    The score given by the judges will be multiplied by the reliability index to get overall score for each nominee.

    Hindu Council will choose top three nominees in each category and will set up a video interview with each one of them asking them to explain their work and why they are a good role model.

    The videos will be circulated among the judges so that they can rank these top three contenders. Nominee with maximum score in this round will be the winners.

    Announcements

    Top three contenders in each category will be invited to the Award ceremony. Winner names will be announced at the time of presentation of the awards. If the top winner is not present in the ceremony, the award will be passed to the nominee with next highest score.

    Jury to select winners for 2019 
    1. Trish Keating, Member of National trust Australia, a member of Old Government House Friends, a member of Parramatta Heritage Society,  has a keen interest in local history, culture and heritage. A retired Protocol Manager from the Cumberland Council, is an active member of local Arts Society.
    2. Judy Friedlander, Founder and Director of FoodFaith,  works to promote social cohesion and environmental sustainability through the growing, sharing and celebrating of food. FoodFaith was founded in March 2015 as a response to Judy’s passion in cultivating greater appreciation of the environment we live in as well as fostering greater understanding and connections among communities through two important forces in our lives – Food and Faith. With a background in newspaper, television and web media and journalism, Judy currently works as a postgraduate researcher at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney and brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the sustainability space.
    3. Bharathi Rengarajan, Executive member Hindu Council of Australia, Chair-Woman empowerment Lions Club
    4. Surinder Jain, National Vice-President, Hindu Council of Australia

    The team of jury will score each nominee. Jury will be from different walks of life, with a reputation of being fair and just and with ability and willingness to work with Hindu Council and promote the award.

     

    2018 Gargi Awards

    In 2018 the award was presented by the President of Hindu Council of Australia at International Women Day ceremony on 11th March 2018 in Parramatta Parramasala.

    The winners of 2018 Gargi Woman Award are :

    1. Jacinta Tobin - Service to Aboriginal Community

    2. June Bullivant - Academic Research

    3. Dr Meenakshi Srinivasan - Educationist

    4. Anju Kalra - Dementia Consultant

    5. Jayanthi Ramnan - Carer Service

    6. Poornima Sharama - Performer

    7. Paramita Roy - Film Producer