staying with the theme of wonderful women, i loved the interview of kiran bedi on radio nz (nine to noon, 10.10am) yesterday. ms bedi is india's "first and highest ranking woman officer", and is something of a legend in india. not that i have any extensive knowledge of her, but i remember relatives telling me that some bollywood film character was modelled after her (sorry, can't actually recall which film). thereafter, they had a prolonged discussion about what an amazing woman she was, particularly in terms of prison management.
this is from her wikipedia entry:
During her stint as the Inspector General of Prisons, Tihar Jail (Delhi) (1993-1995), she instituted a number of reforms in the management the prison, and initiated a number of measures such as detoxification programs, yoga, vipassana meditation, redressing of complaints by prisoners and literacy programs. For this she not only won the 1994 Ramon Magsaysay Award, but was also awarded the 'Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship', to write about the work done at Tihar Jail.
i'm thinking that ms bedi should meet up with dame sian elias, cos they both appear to have some very sensible ideas when it comes to corrections policy! anyway, if you'd like to find out more about ms bedi's life, she is "the subject of award winning documentary Yes Madam, Sir screening at the NZ Film Festival, (narrated by Helen Mirren)."