French Honour for Ms Anjali Gopalan, 25 October 2013 [fr]
Ms Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Hon’ble Minister for Women’s Rights and Spokesperson of the French Government, during her India visit (25 to 28 October 2013), awarded the Knight of the Legion of Honour to Ms Anjali Gopalan, Founder and Executive Director of Naz Foundation.
This distinction came in recognition of Ms Gopalan’s tireless efforts to combat violence against women, reach out to persons affected by HIV-AIDS, and fight sexual discrimination.
Anjali Gopalan is the Founder and Executive Director of The Naz Foundation (India) Trust, an NGO dedicated to the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic in India. She began working on issues related to HIV/AIDS and marginalized communities in the United States. On returning to India in the early 90s she responded to the burgeoning HIV epidemic by beginning Naz India and focusing on communities stigmatized by society. Since founding Naz India, Ms Gopalan has spoken in numerous international venues about the importance of advancing research to aid HIV prevention, and also on the importance of providing quality care to those living with the HIV infection.
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The Légion d’Honneur (Legion of Honour) is the highest civilian distinction that can be conferred by the French Republic on a French citizen or a foreigner. The Order of the Legion of Honour was instituted in 1802 by Napoléon Bonaparte.