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Rashmi Anand

Rashmi Anand is an award-winning author, counsellor, consultant, and social worker, who has been working with gender issues since 2005. She works with multiple stakeholders on topics across the spectrum of public and private — from gender in the workplace to domestic violence. Rashmi believes strongly in the power of empathy and hope, and constantly endeavours to foster meaningful change by way of these values.

For her work, Rashmi has been the recipient of:

  • The Naari Shakti Puraskaar from the President of India 

  • The Neerja Bhanot Award

  • The Karmaveer Jyoti

  • The Karmaveer Puraskaar

  • Doordarshan’s Woman Achiever Award of Aadhi Abaadi Baat Naari Ki, 

  • The CNN-IBN Zindagi Live Award

  • The Bharat Excellence Award

  • The Indian Woman Achiever’s Award 

  • The Award for Literature from the Indian Council for UN Relations 

  • The Champion Trophy of UK-based “We are the City”.

  • Felicitation by the Kalam Centre for Social Impact.

  • Felicitation by the Indian Chief of Naval Staff as a Woman Achiever.

Rashmi Anand


18 years ago, Rashmi Anand walked away from a violent, abusive marriage with two small children, and no financial support whatsoever.  She works today with the very issues that devastated the lives of her children and her. Having voluntarily counselled hundreds of women at the Crime Against Women Cell of Delhi Police at Nanakpura New Delhi over a period of five years, as well as at a personal level, she has tried to make sure that no woman who approaches her for help endures what she has been through. Today, Rashmi runs her own NGO — Woman of the Elements Trust — which works with women and children impacted by domestic violence.

She has been on social awareness shows on CNN IBN, NDTV's Salaam Zindagi, Doordarshan, Rajya Sabha TV, and Lok Sabha TV, among others. Her story was also featured in Season One of Satyamev Jayate. Moreover, her journey has been a covered in articles and documentaries  across the world —Mexico, Sweden, France and New Zealand, amongst others. 


The Delhi Police 2010 calendar was based on her first book and on her life. Rashmi has also been featured in the book “Women of Pure Wonder”, a special edition from Vodafone and Roli Books showcasing the life and work of 50 extraordinary Women of India. An issue of the Chicken Soup for the Soul inspirational series of books carries the story of her life, entitled ‘Awakening’. The published author of 13 books on gender violence, love, abundance, joy, hope, the human spirit, life and death, Rashmi also writes children’s books.

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