Inside JGU 2021 - Issue 6 (June)

JGLS student receives Diana Award

Upmanyu A. Magotra, a student of Jindal Global Law School (JGLS), has received the United Kingdom’s Diana Award, established in the memory of Lady Diana, Princess of Wales. The Award is given out by the charity of the same name and has the support of both her sons, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, and the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry.

The Diana Award is awarded to young people for social action or humanitarian efforts. It aims to empower young people to change the world, promoting a culture that celebrates them from all sections of society who have made a selfless contribution to society. It is the only charity in the world set up in the memory of Lady Diana and follows her belief that “young people have the power to change the world.”

Upmanyu has always been interested in human rights, specifically women’s rights. Since its inception, his Open Skies Foundation has helped underprivileged women or women with caste and financial disadvantages. In India, 94% of women are employed in the unorganised sector, under jobs that lack the dignity of labour, security, timely income, and more often than not, even the right to be called a ‘worker’. The Open Skies Foundation seeks to address that, by providing a not-for-profit business model through which women can create and sell fabric goods in a sustainable way, and be paid a fair price for their skills and labour. Beyond simply providing income, the security of a regular, fair wage is key to driving confidence and empowerment for these women.