HERD Foundation organized the Madhuribai Deshmukh Awards For Women on October 6, 2013 to recognize and felicitate women actively involved in different spheres. The objective was also to showcase women empowerment as a fact of life. The foundation honoured and felicitated women who have made significant contributions in their field and to society as whole. These awards highlighted women achievers who are leaders, innovators and have brought about changes not only in their own lives but have also inspired humanity in some way. The idea of these awards was to set an example and inspire people to chart out their own course.