Women On Top Initiative for Women’s Day 2023: Celebrating Women Making a Difference at the Grassroot Level
International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th every year to recognize the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. It also serves as a reminder of the ongoing fight for gender equality and women’s rights. Women’s Day 2023 is especially significant as the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disproportionately affected women. This year, we must acknowledge and celebrate the critical role that women have played in the fight against the pandemic, from healthcare workers to essential workers and caregivers. We must also commit to supporting women’s empowerment and gender equality, both during and after the pandemic.
On the national front, National Women’s Day in India was marked with reverence and promises to uphold women;s rights to equal cerebral opportunities and respect.
Sonu Sood fans, especially of the fairer sex, had something to be excited about!
Sood Charity Foundation marked Women’s Day Celebration with their well meaning #WomenOnTop campaign which essentially celebrates women making a difference at the grassroot level.
Sonu Sood is known to be a thorough gentleman who has always thanked women for their contributions to make this world a better place. He dotes on his wife, Sonali Sood who vouches for his feminist approach.
Read more to know about women who were celebrated for their contributions…
Aiswarya Jain, Gujarat
Aishwarya Jain is the founder of IM Happiness, a personal development and wellness organization based in Gujarat, India. Through IM Happiness, Aishwarya Jain aims to help individuals achieve happiness, success, and personal growth through various workshops, training programs, and coaching sessions. She has expertise in a range of areas, including mindfulness, meditation, emotional intelligence, and leadership development. Aishwarya Jain is passionate about empowering people to reach their full potential and lead fulfilling lives. She has inspired many individuals and organizations in India to prioritize wellness and personal development.
Aishwarya Jain has worked extensively in the rural areas and UNICEF are their proud partners. They set up more than 20,000 ‘ Happiness Camps’ across Gujarat during the pandemic to extend support to people who were facing mental health issues.
Shanti Rai, West Bengal
Shanti Rai is a resident of West Bengal and is known for being India’s first woman rafter. She saved many lives from river Teesta and also made history by being a part of the first all-women rafting team in India in 2007, which undertook a challenging rafting expedition on the Brahmaputra River in Arunachal Pradesh. Shanti Rai, along with her team, successfully navigated through the treacherous rapids and completed the expedition, breaking barriers for women in adventure sports in India. Her incredible feat inspired many young women across India to take up adventure sports and follow their passions, regardless of gender stereotypes. Today, Shanti Rai continues to promote adventure sports and outdoor activities, especially for women, through various initiatives and programs.
Sakshi Srivastava, New Delhi
Sakshi Srivastava is a social activist and the founder of the NGO Anubhuti, which works towards the upliftment of underprivileged communities, especially women and children, in various parts of India. Through Anubhuti, Sakshi Srivastava has been involved in various social welfare initiatives, including providing education and healthcare facilities to marginalized communities and fighting against social evils such as child labor and human trafficking. She has also worked towards empowering women by providing them with vocational training and helping them become financially independent. Sakshi Srivastava has been recognized for her outstanding work and has received numerous awards and accolades for her contributions to society.
Hansaben Rathore, Madhya Pradesh
Wrestler Hansaben Rathore who won a bronze medal in the Khelo India Youth Games in 2022. Her impressive performance in the competition even after facing many social restrictions earned her widespread praise and recognition in the wrestling community. She has become an inspiration for many young wrestlers in India, especially for girls, who aspire to pursue wrestling and other sports at the national and international level.
She is currently training for Olympics 2028. She is getting training from Olympic gold medal winner, Yandro Quintana from Cuba.
Meher Kamath, New Delhi
Meher Kamath, a dog lover who extensively volunteers for Friendicoes, one of India’s leading animal rescue organizations based in New Delhi who rescue and rehabilitate stray animals, especially dogs and cats, and provide them with medical care and shelter. Her tireless efforts to rescue and care for animals, as well as her advocacy work to promote animal welfare and prevent cruelty, have inspired many people in India to join the cause and support animal rights.
Ashwini D, Karnataka
Ashwini D is a social entrepreneur who is known for her work in providing tech-driven education to children in government schools in Karnataka, India. She is the founder of the organization ‘Mantra4Change’, which is dedicated to improving the quality of education in government schools by leveraging technology and innovative teaching methods.
Through her organization, Ashwini D has implemented several projects that have helped improve the quality of education in government schools. One of her most notable initiatives is the ‘Tinker Lab’ project, which aims to create an interactive and engaging learning environment for children in government schools. The project provides students with access to technology and equipment such as laptops, tablets, and 3D printers, and encourages them to use these tools to explore and experiment with different ideas and concepts
Smt Jogindra Devi, Uttar Pradesh
Lovingly known as ‘ Ma’ in Uttar Pradesh, Smt Jogindra Devi ji gives humanity another meaning by running her late husband’s ‘Gur’ business in order to provide employment opportunities for people of her village.
Women like her restore faith in humanity and definitely gives meaning to the importance of Women’s Day celebration.