Howrah District, West Bengal, India
Fellow Since 1982
This profile was prepared when Rashida Begum was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1982.
The New Idea
Begum wants to help Indian women overcome the cultural restrictions which suppress them. She has organized widowed, divorced, unmarried, and handicapped women into self-help education and economic independence groups through which these women are over-coming formidable barriers.