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Armene Modi founded Ashta No Kai (ANK), a non-profit organization to educate and empower rural women and girls in 10 villages in Pune District, India in 1998. Although her work for gender justice at the grassroots level has involved many challenges, Armene’s efforts towards empowering rural women have resulted in their finding a voice to become active change makers in their villages. Various interventions she launched to promote the education of rural adolescent girls, including a Bicycle Bank, a scholarship program, and a life skills education program have helped to improve the educational outcomes of hundreds of adolescent girls, while also preventing their early marriages. Prior to her calling to girls’ education, Armene taught English at several universities in Japan, the US, and India focusing on issues of peace education. Armene holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a Master’s degree in TESOL from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. Armene was selected as an Echidna Global Scholar by The Brookings Institution in 2017, and is the recipient of several national awards for her contribution to the empowerment of rural women including the CNN-IBN network’s “Real Heroes” award.