The third edition of Women Transforming India, an online contest, launched by NITI Aayog and the United Nations in India in 2016, celebrates stories of exceptional women entrepreneurs, who are breaking the glass ceiling and challenging stereotypes, through businesses, enterprises and initiatives, that are providing innovative development solutions and have impacted lives of communities. The campaign recognizes women, who are flag bearers of the next wave of innovations and aims to connect them with potential business opportunities, through NITI Aayog’s Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP), a unified access portal to help women realise their entrepreneurial aspirations.
Women Transforming India was launched with the aim to celebrate the indomitable spirit of women, working tirelessly to empower themselves or their communities. The campaign is yet another example of the government’s deep commitment to advancing gender equality. Over the last two years, the campaign has received over 5,000 entries and recognised over 25 women change makers, who are affecting positive change in their communities.
Launched on 8 March, the contest was hosted on the WEP portal and ran till 31 August. The contest was supported by an extensive outreach campaign online and offline, including social media, WhatsApp, Facebook live sessions, road shows, school outreach and more. A number of prominent individuals — including Smriti Irani, Minister of Textiles, Government of India; Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog; Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog; Sania Mirza, tennis player; Aishwaryaa R Dhanush, Director; Saina Nehwal, badminton player; Sushant Singh Rajput, actor – lent their support to the campaign.
The stories came pouring in…
The campaign received over 2,500 entries, demonstrating an exceptional entrepreneurial spirit amongst women in India. Each story was screened and evaluated by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on pre-determined parameters, to create a shortlist of qualified entries. The shortlisted entries were further screened through a two-tiered process – an online jury with nine area experts and a super jury of 24 industry leaders. The super jury declared 15 winners based on their combined score.
And the winners are…
The winners were felicitated by the Hon’ble Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu at an event on 16 December, 2018 in New Delhi.
NITI Aayog and the United Nations in India congratulate all winners of the Women Transforming India Awards!