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11 Indian Women bagged laurels in ‘Women Icons’ Award in Singapore for dedicating their lives to social work

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Singapore, March 18, 2017: Eleven Indian women are among the 25 Asian women who have bagged laurels in the ‘Women Icons’ award in Singapore for dedicating their lives to social work.

Women empowerment and childcare are etched on the minds of these women, who came from numerous of fields for the award organised by Business Excellence & Research Group Pte Ltd and backed by Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.

Among the award winners, last night was Vandana Sharma, who served for a decade in the Indian Armed Forces, shattered several stereotypes around ‘Women in Uniform’ and ventured into the corporate world, mentioned PTI report.

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Speaking after the awards, Sharma stated she mentors a lot of young start-up founders on building effective organisations.

The aim is to augment a more productive environment and culture within restraining environments at startups, said Sharma, who is currently the chief people officer at HolidayIQ and comes from a family of officers in the Indian Armed Forces.

Sharma’s contribution during the 1999 Kargil War has been recorded and lauded in the Military History of Army Ordnance Corps.

Keeping with her ‘Women Empowerment’ campaign is Revathi Siddharthe Roy, who holds a Masters in Economics degree but drove taxi for 10 months in Mumbai to earn bread and butter for her family after her husband died in 2007.

Roy now runs a training school, Zaffiro Learning, for women learning to ride two-wheelers and serve as “last mile” delivery person for e-commerce companies.

By the end of this year, Roy said Zaffiro learning will put 10,000 women on two-wheelers under ‘HeyDeedee’ brand in Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Nagpur, Nasik Chennai and Kolkata.

In the past six months, she has already put 120 women with two-wheelers for making deliveries for e-commerce companies in Mumbai and Bangalore.

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“I only work for ‘Women Empowerment’. My life is all about transforming women’s life,” stated the social entrepreneur and a winner of NITI Aayog’s Women Transforming India 2016 award.

Joining in the awards was Dr Srimathy Kesan, who encourages children into Aerospace and Aeronautics subjects at her Chennai-based company, Space Kidz India.

Kesan draws children to science with the aim of building a pool of scientists in the coming year, stating India’s pool of scientists was diminishing as more and more students drew for engineering or medical studies.

“I want to encourage and motivate them to do much more in science,” said Dr Kesan who aspires to have an aerospace research park in India, building on her working relationship with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the US and the Russian Space Agencies.

Kesan stated her students have built and shipped to NASA a cube satellite which will be launched on a US rocket.

Other winners were: Dr Aparna Hegde of ARMMAN, Deepshikha Kumar of SpeakIn, Kanika Gupta Shori of Square Global, Minal D’Rozario of Ideosphere, Mini Dwivedi Gopinathan of PlayStreet Specially Abled Educare Trust, Saloni Mardia Kothari of Mtlexs Online, Sonia Kulkarni of Ketchum Sampark PR, and Swati Nathani of Team Pumpkin.

– prepared by Sabhyata Badhwar of NewsGram. Twitter: @SabbyDarkhorse

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Launch of women empowerment campaign in Chicago. IANS
  • Women empowerment campaign launched in Chicago
  • 150 people attended the campaign
  • The campaign was initiated by Indian women in Chicago

CHICAGO, IL, Dec 16, 2017: The Women’s Empowerment Campaign had a very successful media launch on December 9 at the Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows IL.

The event was attended by 150 people, including India’s Consul General in Chicago, Neeta Bhushan, and prominent business and community leaders.

The initiative is a collaboration between Bhushan and the principals of the campaign Rita Singh, Shital Daftari & Dr. Anuja Gupta, who are prominent businesswomen and community members in Chicagoland.

“It was a great idea of the founders to start a women’s empowerment group. It was much needed in Chicago & will go a long way” said Bhushan. The guests enjoyed a beautiful evening with the founders presenting their vision for the WE POWER campaign, presentation of their impressive team & entertainment by Ameya Dance Academy themed around women’s empowerment.

“Chicago needed a strong women’s group to represent the high level of success our community has seen in business, community service, arts & culture. The Women’s Empowerment Group has filled a huge gap & has great potential in Chicago & also nationally” added Bhushan.

The Campaign was designed to create the largest networking & empowerment platform for Indian women in Chicagoland.

“We wanted to form a group that showed the power of Indian women in Chicago & do something that made a positive impact in our community” said the founders.

The philosophy of the founders and leadership team was to build a powerful community of support for Indian women in Chicagoland through this platform. The group plans to celebrate Women’s Day annually as a gala event.

The group has had considerable recognition from the community so far. Many women have expressed an interest in joining the group. They have also received calls from Indian women outside of Chicagoland to join. Women leaders from the Indian community in Florida & New Jersey have expressed an interest in setting up sister organizations in their own town.

“The Indian women community has gotten to a level where we want to make a difference by supporting each other and elevating the status of the whole community” says Dr. Gupta. (IANS)