Almas Jiwani Celebrates the Tireless Efforts of the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation on: Empowering Communities, Women and Girls in India

JAIPUR, RAJASTHAN--(Marketwired - Jan. 29, 2015) -

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Today, Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women National Committee Canada, recognized the incredible contribution of the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation to improving the lives of the people in Jaipur and Rajasthan, India. The Foundation, a social outreach initiative of Princess Diya Kumari of Jaipur, works at a grass-roots level for sustainable empowerment, engagement, enrichment and involvement of deprived communities & sections of society.

"During a recent, private visit to India, I witnessed first-hand the extreme poverty and the struggles that women and girls face every day - the situation is dire. Unfortunately, women and girls continue to be discriminated and marginalized at every level. The Princess Diya Kumari Foundation empowers them and equips them to increase their social and economic participation and their access to education. The foundation is saving lives every day and UN Women Canada and I laud their efforts" stated Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women National Committee Canada.

"It was my distinct honor and privilege to host the dynamic and highly acclaimed Almas Jiwani and to discuss our Foundation's goal which is to improve the lives of women, making them more self-reliant, encouraging them to educate themselves, learn and participate in classes, programs and workshops in various subjects improving their skills and generating income for improved livelihoods -- changing our communities, one woman at a time. Together with Almas Jiwani and organizations like UN Women Canada, we are raising awareness and taking every step to end gender inequality and give women in every country hope for the future" said Princess Diya Kumari of Jaipur, President of the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation, Member of Rajasthan State Assembly, and Goodwill Ambassador of the Rajasthan State Government's Save the Girl Child campaign.

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About the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation

PDKF aims to foster inclusive development and the upliftment of the underprivileged in Rajasthan, with a strong focus on women and girls. PDKF is making efforts to empower people by ensuring sustainable livelihoods, facilitating improved standards of living, and creating a healthy socio-economic environment. The Foundation is committed to making a positive impact at the grassroots level through engagement with, and the empowerment of, deprived communities in the state. The organization has sown the seeds of sustainable entrepreneurship with hundreds of women having acquired know-how in various income generation activities, both in the rural and urban sectors.

The organization aims to achieve its goals through direct action and by mobilizing and training local communities. It also functions as a catalyst by partnering with other donors, foundations, non-governmental organisations and government institutions, to facilitate their work and explore best-practice solutions and innovations for development. This broad range of social and economic issues includes health, education, women's empowerment, water and sanitation, agriculture, employment, entrepreneurship and much more. With these collaborative ventures, PDKF creates synergies that facilitate the most cost-effective and sustainable impacts and ensure lasting change.

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Contact Information:

UN Women National Committee Canada
Christiane Fox
+ 1(613) 234-8252 x 103

Christopher Miller
Special Advisor, Strategy and Development
The Royal Family of Jaipur
Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum Trust
Jaigarh Fort Public Charitable Trust

Princess Diya Kumari Foundation
Rajkumari Diya Kumari, MLA Sawai Madhopur (RJ)
The City Palace, Jaipur
+91 997 108 1665

Princess Diya Kumari of Jaipur, Rajasthan with Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women National Committee Canada