Fifth Yamin Hazarika Woman of Substance Award conferred on Hasina Kharbhih

Ashoka Fellow and Aspen ILI Fellow, Founder and Managing Director of Impulse Social Enterprises and Founder Chair of Board of the Meghalaya based Impulse NGO Network, Hasina Kharbhih was honoured with the prestigious Yamin Hazarika Woman of Substance award on 6th July 2019 at a function which is held every year to commemorate the memory of late Yamin Hazarika, former DCP, Delhi Police.  

Hasina Kharbhih has been working for more than 30 years to provide sustainable livelihood in a safe environment for women and children. What started out as a mission in her home state of Meghalaya, has today evolved into a global program that aims to put an end to human trafficking and exploitation worldwide. She is the person behind creating the nationally and internationally acknowledged Impulse Model (formerly known as The Meghalaya Model) a holistic method to address human trafficking.

“I had the opportunity to meet Yamin Hazarika at the start of my career, though a short meeting, her dynamic aura made a positive in road in my journey, more importantly because of my work with law enforcement in addressing Human Trafficking. I am honored to receive the award that remembers one of the finest women Police officers in the country,” said Hasina Kharbhih.

The chief guest on the occasion was neurosurgeon Navanil Barua and the guest of honour was a young academic from the University of Okhlahama, USA, Amit Rahul Baishya. A panel discussion on Women Entrepreneurship was also held on the occasion. The panellists included Atreyee Barooah Thekadath, Saroj Khemka, Sriparna Baruah, Mehtaj Zaman Ahmed and Dipeeka Betala Saboo.

The award is instituted every year by a collective of women professionals in memory of Assam’s first women from Northeast to join central Police Service, Yamin Hazarika who was DCP Delhi Police. The award recognizes and celebrates women who have made a notable contribution to the greater good of society. Yamin Hazarika, a single mother and a feminist was the first woman from Northeast India to be selected for the NCT of Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Island, Lakshawadeep, Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli Police service (DANIPS), a federal police service in India, administering Delhi and the Union Territories in 1977. Hazarika succumbed to cancer in the year 1999, but her great trail of legacy lives even today inspiring millions, especially women in the law enforcement sector.