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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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Twinkle Khanna Talks About Another Way For Women Empowerment

Known for her wits and playing with words like pro, Twinkle also joked on botox and said that one must not invest in anything that gives them diminishing returns

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Actress-turned-author Twinkle Khanna, who has been vocal about several social issues especially those related to gender equality, believes that the best way for a woman to empower herself is through financial independence.

“We often tell women to speak up for themselves and to be fearless, but the fact is if you are not financially independent, then you have to toe the line and have to raise hand for the cheque,” she said.

“Economic indepence is the primary thing for all women out there. They should not rely on someone else for their needs, all should become self-reliant,” Twinkle Khanna said during the launch of her third book titled ‘Pyjamas are Forgiving’ on Wednesday.

Organised by YFLO Delhi, the event was moderated by renowned journalist Barkha Dutt.

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Asked the reason for holding a political ideology different from her husband and actor Akshay Kumar’s opinions, Twinkle responded by saying: “We all have a right to vote which implies we all have a right to have different opinions,” she said.

At the same time, the “Mela” actress expressed her concern over people’s ruthless attitude towards someone who has a different opinion in the society.

She said: “Be it colour, cast, nationality or opinion, we all are shunning people who are different from us. And through this we end up learning nothing. We all are living in an eco-chamber.

“It is good to have different opinions as it will help people to learn more about things in a different manner.”

Twinkle Khanna, who talked about botox quite a number of times, has once again urged women not to give unecessary heed to cosmetic treatments in order to look younger.

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The 43-year-old mother of two children said: “Ageing is a strange thing. When women cross 40, they start panicking about their looks and start getting cosmetic treatments.

“Rather bothering about looks, women should invest in their skills and try to develop a mind. If you have skills, automatically all heads will turn for you no matter what the looks are. ”

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Known for her wits and playing with words like pro, Twinkle also joked on botox and said that one must not invest in anything that gives them diminishing returns. (IANS)