The celebration of women Gets Bigger at the SECURITY TODAY Group! As we are honoured, that for the much awaited “Top Indian Women Influencers In Security” event, none other than the celebrated Dr Kiran Bedi, Honourable Lt. Governor of Puducherry has consented to be the chief guest for the event.
Dr Bedi needs no introduction but just to let our readers know again, Dr. Kiran Bedi has been India’s first and highest woman ranking officer having joined the Indian Police Service in 1972. Her expertise includes more than four decades of Public Administration, Creative and Reformative Policing and Prison Management.
She worked with the United Nations in New York as the Police Advisor to the Secretary-General and in the Department of Peace Keeping Operations. She represented India in international forums on crime prevention, drug abuse, police, prison reform, and women’s issues. She has addressed audiences at the American, British, European, Indian universities, corporate and civil society groups.
Dr. Bedi is the founder of two NGOs, Navjyoti and India Vision Foundation, which reach out to thousands of underserved children, women, and men in the areas of education, vocational skills, environment, counseling, and health care to the urban and rural poor, including prisoners and policemen’s children. Currently, her NGOs are running community colleges, registered with Indira Gandhi National Open University, to provide vocational and soft skills to Indian youth.
She has been in the vanguard of Police and Prison Reforms. Dr. Bedi is a recipient of the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award (also called the Asian Peace Nobel Prize) and several other national and international decorations.
The “Top Indian Women Influencers In Security” or TIWIIS, as it is rapidly becoming popular as in an attempt to acknowledge and celebrate the role of women in shaping the future of the private security industry, as globally women are playing a key role in the advancement of this noble profession, safeguarding lives, assets and information while serving all sectors and verticals of the industry.
SECURITY TODAY and SECURITY UPDATE undertook this exercise in association with InfosecGirls and the Women in Security & Resilience (WISECRA) to recognise, for the first time in India, the contribution of the “Top Indian Women Influencers In Security”. Significantly we launched this unique initiative on the International Women’s Day on March 8, 2020. It’s just our way of celebrating the role which women are playing in advancing this industry.
We have been overwhelmed with the scores of responses that we have had in nominations. We acknowledge and applaud every nomination. But we have an esteemed and knowledgeable jury who chooses the best, meaning no disrespect to others who were nominated.
The industry is already aware of the galaxy of judges who have taken their call and pitched in to decide who are the ladies who will make the difference. All those who are nominated will also make the difference and we salute them, but the jury takes the final call.
The jury comprises Ms Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament, New Delhi; Dr Shailja Vaidya Gupta, Senior Advisor, Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor to Government of India; Mr Rajan Luthra, Head Special Projects in the Chairman’s Office, Reliance Industries Ltd; Ms Bonnie Butlin, Co founder & Executive Director, Security Partners Forum; Ms Vandana Verma, President, InfosecGirls and, Ms Aman Singh, Publisher, SECURITY TODAY & SECURITY UPDATE.
While we acknowledge and applaud the role of all ladies involved in the physical and cyber security industry with this effort we aim to celebrate the top influencers, soon… on 27th August 2020!