Women transforming India
On International Women’s Day, PM Narendra Modi had started a nationwide contest to identify women who are transforming the country. Out of over 1,000 entries, the government shortlisted 25 and then put the names for a public poll. The top entries were put before a jury, which decided to pick up six winners and six runner-ups. The jury consisted of Biocon chairperson Kiran Mazumdar- Shaw, ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochar, , NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant ,NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya and UN Resident Coordinator Yuri Afanasiev.
Among the winners are Karnataka’s Lalithabai, who leads a campaign for smokeless stoves; Revathi Roy, an entrepreneur, who started an all-women cab service; Nirmal Chandel from Himachal Pradesh who helped shape state government policies that help around 3 lakh widows and deserted women; Deepa Malik, an Arjuna awardee para-athlete who will contest in the shot put event in Paralympics, Rio.
Winners were chosen on the basis of uniqueness of their model and the social impact their endeavours created.
Innokul is engaging with women groups working on social issues and looks forward to scaling operations with them for an impacting trajectory in the near future.