Binita Shrestha and Pratiksha Pandey from Nepal have just been announced as winners of the 2020 Power of Radiance Awards by luxury beauty brand Cle de Peau Beaute.
The Cle de Peau Beaute Power of Radiance Awards is a multi-year philanthropic commitment that honours inspirational women from around the world whose advocacy for women and girls’ education has led to positive long-term impact on lives.
The 2020 Power of Radiance Awards is the brand's second annual award.
Binita and Pratiksha are the directors of WiSTEM Nepal (Women in STEM Nepal), an organisation that educates and empowers women and girls aged of 10 to 25 in the areas of computational thinking, logical thinking, brain development and problem-solving.
Since it was founded in 2016, the group has introduced over 370 girls and women to the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
"Education can unlock endless opportunity and it is the key to positive change," said Binita in a statement. "In developing countries across the world, 600 million girls will enter the workforce within the next decade. A vast majority of them will work in the informal sector where they will face hardships and challenges".
She added: "It is important that we, as women and educators, teach them the invaluable lessons of confidence and self-importance. At the same time, we must empower them with knowledge and ability to take control of their futures and choose their paths in life. Each step we take, no matter how big or small, is a significant and meaningful stride towards improving the opportunities for girls in the world".
Binita and Pratiksha will be awarded a grant to support their ongoing work, funded by a percentage of global sales of Cle de Peau Beaute's signature product "The Serum".
They are the second winners of the annual award, which was established last year, following in the footsteps of the educational activist and Unicef Goodwill Ambassador Muzoon Almellehan. -- AFP Relaxnews
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