The Women’s Education Project’s 9th Red Bangle Award and Forum was held on

December 7, 2022

The Red Bangle Award

2022 Red Bangle Recipient
Sonali Khan
Managing Director of Sesame Workshop India

The Red Bangle Award is presented annually to a woman who “by her life and accomplishment demonstrates the indomitable eloquence of the human spirit.” Inaugurated in 2014, the award recognizes women leaders globally who share WEP’s vision and inspire its students, young Indian women, to higher goals. Sonali Khan leads Sesame Workshop’s educational mission in India to create innovative and engaging content that maximizes the educational power of all media to help kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder. As Managing Director of Sesame Workshop India, Sonali spearheads the organization that combines the power of mass media with educational outreach to prepare children for school and life. Under her leadership, the organization develops and implements ground-breaking programs to reach children everywhere – especially those who need it the most. Read the full press release here.

Past Red Bangle Awardees

2021: Anita Bhatia, UN Women, and Marissa Wesely, Women Win (formerly, Win-Win Strategies); 2020: Vandana Goyal, Avanti Fellows, and Ramya VenkataRaman, Centa; 2019: Anjlee Prakash, founder of Learning Links Foundation; 2018: Esther Subhashini, WEP-Hyderabad Director; 2017: Saba Ismail, Aware Girls; 2016: Shabana Basij-Rasikh, School of Leadership Afghanistan (SOLA); 2015: Kayce Jennings, Girl Rising; 2014: Elizabeth Howard, WEP President

Sonali Khan red bangle award

Forum Sponsors

About the Forum

WEP’s annual Forum gathers international thought leaders working towards gender equality. Past topics have included NGO collaboration, gender lens investing, technology and change, celebrating first generation college women and recently, the pandemic’s disproportionate effects on women and girls, and the importance of supporting leadership and decision making power of women at the grassroots level to truly resolve social and economic problems.

2022 Forum Program


Anita Bhatia, Assistant Secretary General & Deputy Executive Director, UN Women and 2021 Red Bangle recipient

Award Presentation

Anjlee Prakash, Founder, Learning Links Foundation and 2019 Red Bangle recipient

Coffee & Conversation

Sonali Khan with Bridgit Antoinette Evans, CEO of Pop Culture Collaborative

Stories of Leadership

WEP Students

“WEP Beyond Borders was an informative day of listening, learning and play at it’s best with the top female leaders in philanthropy. This forum had a global perspective and opened my eyes to the endless possibilities of collaboration when women come together.”

Jaclynn • Unleashed

“Beyond Borders facilitated essential collaboration and tangible progress to work toward the common goal of women’s empowerment. I enjoyed getting to hear the panelist, and mingle with such amazing, influential, and unstoppable female forces. Truly humbling.”

2017 Forum Guest

“Inspiring, empowering, full of passion!”

2017 Forum Guest

“Coming together with such a diverse group of women, all working towards gender equality, with the goal of collaboration was empowering, inspiring and productive.”

Kendra • DIL

“A [forum] where people were actually interested in supporting each other!”

2017 Forum Guest

“It was such a privilege to attend Beyond Borders. [The filled room with] so many accomplished, inspiring women truly inspired me to work towards empowering girls and women!”

2017 Forum Guest
forum sponsor

Sponsor the 2023 Forum

$10,000 Gold
15 tickets to online forum
6 invitations to VIP cocktail reception
Acknowledgement on website, event communications, and materials

$5,000 Silver
10 tickets to online forum
4 invitations to VIP cocktail reception
Acknowledgement on website, event communications, and materials

$2,500 Bronze
8 tickets to online forum
2 invitations to VIP cocktail reception
Acknowledgement on website, event communications, and materials

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