The Ministry of Women and Child Development honoured 30 women in an event for Web Wonder Women campaign.
The Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi honoured these web wonder women in New Delhi on Wednesday.
The campaign has been conducted in collaboration with Breakthrough and Twitter India.
Here is the list of 30 Web Wonder Women award winners.
Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Sonal Goel is leveraging the power of social media including Twitter to improvise G2C & C2G Governance. Her recent campaigns include: Donate and contribute – SanjhiMadad, Kerala Disaster Relief; Gender equality and Social Evils– campaigns under BBBP; Excel through competitive exams – Josh Talks and Contribution to society for making ‘The Better India’.
Paromita Bardoloi uses words, both written and spoken, to drive home the point, that women matter and their stories deserves to be heard.
Support And Awareness
Professor Dr Laxmi Gautam is constantly working to ensure justice for women abandoned by families. She founded an organisation “Kanak Dhara” which works for women and children welfare. NALSA acknowledged her social survey on widows of Vrindavan twice in 2011 and 2012. The CRPF honoured her work towards widow upliftment. She has also been awarded the Nari Shakti Award.
Kirthi Jayakumar founded and runs the Red Elephant Foundation, and uses Twitter to talk about issues centered on peace, gender, and structural violence.
Parul Mathur has been working on raising awareness about Cervical Cancer in India. She is currently running a petition to the Government of India for the actual implementation of the much talked about ‘Maternity Benefit Act’.
Supreet K. Singh has transitioned from 15 years of corporate experience to being an award-winning filmmaker and running an NGO.
Chavi Vohra promotes children rights, women’s empowerment and youth development through programme development, advocacy, social media advocacy and capacity development. She is the co-curator of @SDG2030 that promotes people’s action in the localization of SDGs. It’s recent chat created over 100 Million impressions on Twitter.
Shweta Pathak has been actively involved in building and managing communities to drive positive change by collaboration, overcoming internal and external barriers by leveraging Twitter. Some of these communities include National Human Resources Development Network (NHRDN), Human Library Mumbai, Society for Human Resource Management etc.
Legal And Policy
Sagina Walyat had raised a demand for bulletproof jackets for the Indian soldiers on social media and as a result 50,000 jackets got delivered in the first round. A second lot is all set to be delivered by April 2019. She has also done a national campaign on sexual harassment of women at workplace in 2018. Sagina helped NDRF and IAF through Twitter during the Kerala flood and helped in the rescue of the flood-affected. Currently, she is working on spreading knowledge about vote and issuance of voter ID card.
Adhunika Prakash is the founder and CEO of Breastfeeding Support for Indian Mothers (BSIM). She used Twitter to create awareness and enable 85,000+ expectant and new parents to take informed decisions about breastfeeding.
Dr. Debarati Halder, Ph.D, advocates for the rights of women and child victims of online crimes through Twitter. She has created a hashtag on Twitter #cybercrimesagainstwomen to spread awareness about the issue, as well as spread awareness about related laws, and cyber victimology. She spreads awareness about revenge porn and is trying to generate support for a focused revenge porn prohibition law for India.
Health And Fitness
Dr. Angela Chaudhuri is a B.D.S, M.P.H and P G Diploma in Journalism. With 18+ years of experience in Public Health, her expertise lies in country programme evaluations, research, capacity building, fundraising and knowledge management in HIV, TB, Malaria, Health Systems Strengthening.
Dr. Saundarya Rajesh uses Twitter to influence inclusion and second career opportunities for women in India. Founder-President of AVTAR Group – Dr Rajesh has created the largest impact on adolescent girls through her Project PUTHRI.
Sohini Chattopadhyay has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, The Hindu, Mint and South China Morning Post. She has published groundbreaking reportage on women’s health, particularly on maternal health and the predominance of women among living organ donors in India. Her writing on popular films is acclaimed, and known for its focus on women and sexual minorities.
Dr Anubhuti Yadav has won four national awards as best scriptwriter and researcher for the series on women achievers, Param Vir Chakra awardees and media literacy. She is using Twitter extensively to create awareness on Fake News and Misinformation.
Vinita Deshmukh is a senior journalist who uses the dual power of the Right to Information (RTI) Act for her investigative stories and Twitter to amplify them. She has authored four books including co-authoring Vinita Kamte’s `To the last bullet’ on her husband Additional Commissioner Ashok Kamte who was martyred in the 26/11 Mumbai Terror attack.
Srilekha Chakraborty is a Gender Rights Activist working with the Adivasis in Jharkhand – helping them access health & body rights. She joined Twitter recently to support her online campaign ensuring menstrual health services to young girls in Jharkhand. One highlight of her Twitter experience was tweeting to Uber-India during the Kerala Floods and getting uber-credits worth 10,000.
Dr Shruti Kapoor is an award-winning gender equality activist. Shaken by the gang rape in Delhi 2012, she founded Sayfty to educate and empower women and girls of India against gender-based violence. She has built a global community that engages weekly in discussions on girl’s and women’s empowerment, safety, and action against gender-based violence.
Urvashi Sarkar uses Twitter to share her journalistic reportage on rural Sundarbans. Since she also covers foreign policy, Twitter is an important source of news, a journalistic tool and means to connect with sources and editors.
Japleen Pasricha is the founder and editor-in-chief of Feminism in India, an award-winning digital feminist media platform. She is also a TEDx speaker and a UN World Summit Young Innovator. Japleen uses Twitter to share feminist resources with the hashtag #femresources. She fights for Dalit, Bahujan and Adivasi women and calls out trolls on Twitter and sends solidarity hugs to her sisters.
Independent journalist and writer Ankita Anand works towards social justice issues. Currently she is running a campaign for gender sensitive reporting in the media.
Sonal Kapoor is one of the youngest members of the expert committee on anti-child trafficking (Delhi Commission of Women) and a member of the CSO Coalition to End Child Marriage in India. She has rescued 826 girls from points of Child Abuse, mainstreamed them through quality education and life skills. She founded Protsahan to prevent and heal the trauma of Child Sexual Abuse through use of extremely creative art-based approaches.
Afreen Siddiqui Sherwani has worked for over 11 years with the Gram Panchayats to policy makers and the United Nations to make more than 5000 self-made women in her development career.
District Magistrate of Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, Ritu Maheshwari posts tweets related to Government policies, schemes, cleanliness, health and hygiene, women’s safety and public awareness, etc. which directly benefits citizens. She also takes feedback and public grievances on her Twitter handle.
Through Twitter, Madhulika Choudhary started providing awareness about the difference between urban and rural lakes, domestic & industrial sewage, easy techniques for wastewater remediation. She is involved in converting sewage water into fresh water daily using phytoremediation techniques in Neknampur lake.
Archana KR, who is from a village in Karnataka, aspires to engage, empower and involve children and women to build a problem solving community. She has a working experience with more than 12000 youths.
Nmami Agarwal spreads and educates people about the therapeutic benefits and holistic healing powers of food in its most natural or unprocessed form. “Eat Today for Tomorrow” Twitter family has helped her establish many B2B and B2C relations that impacted her business model positively.
Twitter-Breakthrough Voting Winners
Manu Khajuria, Rishika Sharma and Rakshita Dwivedi were conferred the Web Wonder Women award 2019 through the Twitter- Breakthrough Voting.
Web Wonder Women Campaign
The Web Wonder Women campaign aims to recognize the fortitude of Indian women stalwarts from across the globe who used the social media platform to bring a change in the society.
Web Wonder Women is the third leg of the ‘Women Achievers’ campaign of the Ministry.
(Note – All the photos are courtesy official Twitter handles.)