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malvika iyer

Malvika Iyer is a bilateral amputee, a bomb blast survivor, a social worker, and a National Awardee. She is an international motivational speaker and a disability rights activist, advocating for building an inclusive society. She is also a model for accessible fashion. Iyer obtained her Doctorate in Social Work from Madras School of Social Work in 2017. Her doctoral thesis is on the stigmatization of people with disabilities.


Iyer received the Nari Shakti Puraskar, the Highest Civilian Honor for Women for outstanding contribution to women’s empowerment from the Honorable President of India Ram Nath Kovind on 8 March 2018 on the occasion of International Women’s Day. She was congratulated by prominent Indian politicians after her performance in the SSLC exam. She has been the recipient of multiple awards, including- Outstanding Model Student Award by Wisdom International Magazine, REX Karmaveer Chakra Global Fellowship in 2014, the first Women in the World Emerging Leaders Award in New York in 2016. She was recognized as one of the 100 Change Agents and Newsmakers of the Decade by Deccan Chronicle in 2015.She was featured in the 3rd edition of Vodafone Foundation’s coffee-table book Women of Pure Wonder: Vision, Valour, Victory and Gifted: Inspiring Stories of People with Disabilities. She acted in a short film titled ‘The Phoenix’ on the theme of inclusion which was shortlisted for ABILITY FEST 2013 (an India-International Disability Film Festival)

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