Rukmini Vaderapura Puttaswamy. © Regina Weidental

2022 Indian women's rights activist Rukmini V. Puttaswamy receives prize from the Bremen Senate Chancellery

The 17th Bremen Solidarity Award was presented in 2021 to trade unionist Rukmini Puttaswamy of Munnade/GLU at the suggestion of FEMNET.

Rukmini is president of the only women-led union GLU (Garment Labour Union) in India. Rukmini is a tireless fighter and has been campaigning hard for the rights of women garment workers for many years.

For FEMNET, Rukmini and GLU are reliable project partners. Together we have already been able to achieve a lot and, for example, help in hundreds of cases of labor rights violations.

Femnet is extremely happy about this recognition for Rukmini. She and the trade union women of GLU have more than earned the 10,000 Euro prize.

In June 2022 several events will host Rukmini as key speaker and honor her for her achievements.

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This film was financially supported by Stiftung Umwelt und Entwicklung Nordrhein-Westfalen and ENGAGEMENT GLOBAL im Auftrag des Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung.