Women Transforming India Awards 2016 recognizes achievements of 12 women from across India for their phenomenal work in transforming societies.
India’s Olympic Medalist Sakshi Malik to be Chief Guest at today’s Awards Ceremony in New Delhi
September 9, New Delhi: “When I made history last month as the first Indian female Olympic Medalist, many people called me an exceptional and remarkable woman” said Rio Olympic Medal Winner Sakshi Malik. “But its not just my medal, but the journey towards this achievement which makes me strong. My medal is a recognition of our achievements as women,” she added.
Celebrating this inspirational journey of women across the country, NITI Aayog announced winners of the Women Transforming India Awards 2016. Crowdsourcing thousands of submissions from across the country, the Awards instituted in partnership with MyGov and the United Nations celebrate the incredible and transformational work undertaken by women from diverse backgrounds, in empowering them and their societies.
“These are amazing stories of courage, devotion and transformation by Indian women. It is inspiring to hear how they are leading the nation into 21st century and beyond,” says NITI Aayog Vice Chairman, Dr. Arvind Panagariya.
Today’s awards ceremony to be held at 5:00 PM at Teen Murti in Delhi, recognizes the exceptional work of 12 women in critical areas such as enabling inclusion and livelihoods; ensuring a safe and healthy India, pioneering innovation and promoting special abilities.
“Being a jury member for this wonderful initiative has given me the opportunity to come across the phenomenal work being done by these incredible women. It is heartening to see that women at the grassroots level belonging to diverse sections of society are making such impactful contributions across a broad spectrum of activities,” says jury member and Chairman, ICICI Bank, Ms. Chanda Kochhar. “I believe that initiatives such as ‘Women Transforming India’ will go a long way in motivating many more women across the country to be impactful agents of change in society.”
Yuri Afanasiev, Jury Member and United Nations Resident Coordinator says, “These stories point to the enormous potential of women to propel India’s economy, inspire our humanity, build better societies, and take charge of their own destinies.
The Women Transforming India campaign aimed at soliciting nominations was launched on International Women’s Day on March 8 this year. The campaign was an effort by NITI, the premier think-tank of the Government of India, to gather lesser-known stories of women leading change from across India.
The awardees were selected by an eminent jury, comprising Chanda Kochhar, ICICI Chairman; Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairperson, Biocon; Yuri Afanasiev, UN Resident Coordinator; Dr. Arvind Panagariya, NITI Aayog Vice Chairman; Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog and Gaurav Dwivedi, CEO, MyGov.
“We have picked winners whose endeavours are making a significant and visible social impact. We especially looked at the uniqueness of their model and the challenges they had faced, and succeeded despite that,” says Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, jury member and Chairperson, Biocon.
According to Dr. Rebecca Reichmann Tavares, Representative, UN Women Multi Country Office for India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka, “The stories of the women change makers present here today show how women can not only empower themselves but also others. Gender equality and women’s empowerment are at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals, and UN Women calls on governments, civil society, businesses and the media to ‘Step It Up’ – invest in action, awareness and resources to achieve these Goals.
The Women Transforming India campaign received an overwhelming response of over 1000 entries that came pouring in from remote villages, small towns and cities across India. People’s choice was elicited by putting the twenty-five shortlisted entries to poll on MyGov. Other shortlisted entries will receive certificates of appreciation. Certificates of Appreciation from NITI Aayog, UN and MyGov will be given to other shortlisted entries.
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- Pavithra Rangan, NITI Aayog: 9717319080
- Radhika Kaul Batra, UN Chief of Staff: 9811127474