Vaijayanti Prabhugaonkar

The 2004 Vincent Xavier Verodiano Award was jointly conferred on Vaijayanti Prabhugaonkar in recognition of her lifelong commitment to spreading literacy and women's empowerment among the tribal communities in Goa.

Vaijayanti Prabhugaonkar has been an educator for the last 25 years, working tirelessly towards spreading literacy and women's empowerment in the tribal talukas of Sanguem, Quepem, and Canacona. She made a significant contribution to the Goa Government's research on national biodiversity, by compiling ethnological information on traditional knowledge systems in these talukas. An accomplished poetess, she is fluent in Konkani, Marathi, Hindi and Sanskrit, and has been a pioneer in organizing the rural women in these talukas to take responsibility on matters relating to tribal and eco-conservation.