Speaker Details

Ruma Devi

President, Gramin Vikas Evam Chetna Sansthan, Barmer (Raj.)

Ruma Devi is the President of Gramin Vikas Evam Chetna Sansthan, and, the Goodwill Ambassador and Chief Designer of Tribes India. An expert craftswoman herself, she has trained over 22,000 artisan women from 75 villages of the Thar desert of Rajasthan. A crusader for justice, Ruma Devi, is the face of women’s empowerment. Her story has inspired numerous other women to stand up and question male dominance. She has been honored by India's highest civilian award for women by Ministry of Women and Child Development, the 'Nari Shakti Puraskar,' presented by the President of India - Mr. Ramnath Kovind in 2019. She has been honored with the prestigious ‘Karamveer Award’ for the cause of devoting herself for the betterment of society on the reality show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati,’ presented by Mr. Amitabh Bachchan. ‘India Today’ magazine honored Ruma Devi with its cover page story for its 2018 anniversary edition. UN Women and Facebook honored her with the H.E.R. Award (Hope. Empower. Rise.) at the We, The Women event in 2019. Ruma Devi has also been honored with Women of the Decade in Community Leadership by Women Economic Forum (2019). Women on Wings (Netherlands), Shilpa Abhimani Award (Sri Lanka), iWoman Global Awards 2019, Most Impactful Social Innovators Award (World CSR Congress) are a few of her other recent accolades.