Prof. Shyama V. Ramani of the United Nations University Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) has been voted one of the Top 100 Women Achievers of India, in the category of “Hygiene and Sanitation”. The vote was part of a contest organised by the Indian Ministry of Women and Child Development in partnership with Facebook.
Prof. Ramani will attend a reception lunch with the President of India, Pranab Kumar Mukherjee, on 22 January 2016 in in New Delhi.
Prof. Ramani, who runs the Friend in Need Trust in her home state of Tamil Nadu, has been working to make the small Indian village of Kameshwaram, devastated by the 2004 Tsunami, as clean as any in the world —– and to document the process so that it can be replicated elsewhere.
While she is still grappling with such core problems as sanitation, waste management, and safe water, her work has had an impact on various stakeholders in the sanitation sector far beyond the village, as confirmed by this award.