An Indian origin academician Sarojini Nadar has been selected for the prestigious science award in South Africa for her outstanding contribution to the advancement of science and building the knowledge base. Sarojini has been named the winner of the Distinguished Young Women in Science Award. The award was announced by Naledi Pandor, South African Minister of Science and Technology.
Talking to media, Naledi Pandor said, "The awards go to young women scientists and researchers who have made an outstanding contribution to advancing science and building the knowledge base in their respective disciplines."
Nadar said it was a special moment for her when the Minister announced the award. She said that her childhood experiences had sparked her research interest in gender-based violence, particularly the role of systems such as religion in either maintaining and promoting such violence, or preventing it.
Nadar, who is at present an editor of the Journal of Gender and Religion in Africa, had completed her Ph.D from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in 2003 at the age of 27. She has researched and published widely in the field of feminist biblical hermeneutics, with a special focus on HIV and Aids, gender-based violence, masculinity and sexuality. She also has a special interest in studying and developing theories of feminism in Africa.