SRINAGAR,INDIAN OCCUPIED KASHMIR: A progressive woman entrepreneur of the valley has won laurels for the state by being selected for two different honors both at national and global level. Doctor turned entrepreneur, Gazalla Amin has been selected for Vital Voices Lead Fellowship programme and has been declared winner for the ‘India Today Woman Entrepreneur of the year 2013’ award.

Vital Voices Lead Fellowship is a global initiative that aims to identify, invest and bring visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential to transform lives and accelerate peace and prosperity in their communities. The fellowship is a three year programme wherein only 100 women from across the world are selected after every 3 years.

“The VV (Vital Voices) lead fellowship is a wonderful thing and I am grateful on being selected as a part of this wonderful experience. It’s a huge honour and means a lot to me,” Gazalla Amin told this reporter.

Gazalla Amin chairperson, Fasiam Agro Farms is the first woman entrepreneur to be selected for the prestigious Vital Voices Lead Fellowship programme from Kashmir. “It means a lot to me as interacting with women from across the globe will help me expand my business understanding. It can help me channelizing my dreams, and understanding how to make it better. And most importantly it will help me receive education about realizing goals and I may contribute to women’s issues in my own region,” said Amin.

In addition to this, Gazalla Amin has also won the ‘India Today Woman Entrepreneur of the Year’ award, the grand ceremony of which was held on April 19, in New Delhi. The India Today Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award is a prestigious award which is given for outstanding achievement as an entrepreneur. The award is given on a nationwide level by the India Today Group. Gazalla Amin who was informed through email and a phone call about her feat was declared winner among the three shortlisted candidates.

“It gives me immense pleasure to inform you that a select Jury has nominated you as the winner of the award in “India Today Woman Entrepreneur of the year” category. Three names were short-listed in this category from which you were selected unanimously,” reads the email sent to Amin by India Today group.

Gazalla Amin was invited for the award ceremony ‘India Today Woman Summit and Awards 2013’ which was held on April 19 in the Indian capital. The summit aims to provide women executives in India with the vision, strategies and skills needed to succeed in today’s world, both in their homes and as professionals in the workplace.

“We all work hard to achieve something and it’s absolutely wonderful when you get a chance to learn more. And the recognition one gets for their efforts encourages others also to try and do better,” added Amin.

It was in 2004 when Gazalla Amin swapped from medicine to entrepreneurship and decided to grow Lavender flowers and make a business out of it. Since then there has been no looking back as she has emerged as one of the prominent faces of women empowerment.