WCD minister Maneka Gandhi

#100Women

Women all over the country work tirelessly, often without getting paid for it, to make lives of others easier. In many cases their hard work is taken for granted or not recognized as work at all. For this reason, The Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) has tied up with Facebook to identify one hundred women across the country who are making a difference in our communities, who haven’t got proper recognition.

WCD minister Maneka Gandhi

These women would be nominated by the Ministry’s Facebook page. Those getting most recommendations will be short listed, and a jury which will select the final winners.

Speaking about the initiative, WCD minister Maneka Gandhi said, “We all have had women in our lives who’ve made a difference, who have changed the course of our own lives, who’ve left a mark on entire community and changed it for the better. We don’t thank them enough. Here is your chance to honour the women who’ve made a difference to your community.”

Ms. Ankhi Das, the Director of Public Policy in South and Central Asia at Facebook, added “Millions of people come on to Facebook everyday to talk about things that matter most to them. This is a great opportunity for us to celebrate women who have made a difference in our communities. We’re delighted to have this opportunity to celebrate and recognize the women of India.”

In the communities in which CSR works, we encounter inspirational women on a daily basis. If possible we would nominate all of them to be part of the list of India’s 100 most impactful women. Those working at our Crisis Management Centres and Gender Resource Centre are highly invaluable to us. However, as our director, Dr. Ranjana Kumari, will be in the jury we are leaving the nominations to you.

The initiative is taking off Wednesday 15 July 2015. So in order to participate, you now visit the Ministry’s Facebook page and fill up the nomination form and share a video about the woman you are nominating. The campaign won’t end until the end of September, but we suggest you to start nominating as soon as possible. The earlier you submit your nomination, the longer your campaign for a particular woman can run.

The winners will be announced in December. Following this, on January 22, the selected women will be hosted by the President for an exclusive dinner. The celebration will mark precisely one year of the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ programme lauched by Prime Minister Modi on 22 January 2015. We look forward to hear all your stories about the wonderful women of India.

Looking forward to reading your blogs, you can mail us your entries at [email protected], or upload them at Write With Us.

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