Nari Shakti Puraskar 2019: President Ram Nath Kovind conferred Nari Shakti Puraskar 2019 to 15 eminent women on the occasion of International Women's Day at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on March 8, 2020. The award aims to recognize their outstanding contribution towards the emancipation of women, especially marginalized women.
The winners of the Nari Shakti Puraskar 2019 belong to diverse fields including sports, education, agriculture, handicrafts, armed forces, wildlife conservation and afforestation. They have been recognized for showing exemplary courage and safeguarding women's rights, especially the rights of most vulnerable and marginalized women.
The oldest recipient of the prestigious honour was 105-year-old Bhageerathi Amma from Kerala. She was jointly awarded the honour along with Karthyayini Amma, who is also from Kerala. They both passed the Class IV literacy equivalent examinations. Bhageerathi Amma is the oldest literacy equivalent leaner under Kerala State Literacy Mission, while Karthyayini Amma scored 98 percent marks and won the first rank.