Dailybhaskar.com | Last Modified - Mar 04, 2013, 05:53 PM IST
She's 70-years-old and running a mass membership based NGO, which brings together widows and women separated from their family to earn their livelihoods and move on with their lives, respectfully. Social activist Ginny Shrivastava was born in Canada in 1942. Ginny aka Virginia was educated Queen's University at Kingston and began social work at the young age of 20 years. She floated a women's group in Canada and started inspiring these women to move forward. Ginny came to India in 1970 and married Om Shrivastava.
Thereafter, she settled down in Udaipur, Rajasthan and then began the couple's movement of bringing about social reforms. The activist couple began by advocating adult education and rural development. In 1986, they floated an NGO called Astha, which began working closely with widows in distress. As per Ginny, when she saw the sorry plight of widows in India, she couldn't help but do something for them. And, a lot of it came from the fact that she had to undergo a lot of pain and distress personally when she was widowed. Ginny was deserted by her in-laws post her husband's demise. It was then that Ginny, along with some fellow women came together for an NGO called 'Association of Strong Women Alone' or Astha Sansthan. The NGO fights for the rights of widows and also makes them self reliant. The association is active in 25 districts and has more than 17,000 members. Ginny's name was also sent for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.