We are surrounded by examples of inspiring women who show us that no dream is impossible to achieve for a woman. These are individuals that have thought creatively, worked hard for years and pushed the boundaries of what is stereotypically defined as a ‘woman’s job’. We hope that learning about the lives of these women may inspire many others to follow their own paths to success. Here you can also view the work of organizations that have contributed to the cause of women’s empowerment.

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Ms. Jayamma Bhandari

Ms. JayammaBhandari has been working for over 20 years to rehabilitate sex workers

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Ms. K. Syamalakumari

Ms. K. Syamalakumari is the first known female temple Mural Artist in Kerala.

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Vanastree is a women-run seed saving collective in South India’s Malnad region of the Western Ghats.

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Ms. Gargi Gupta

Ms. Gargi Gupta founded ‘Voice of World’ NGO in 1992, which works for visually impaired and differently-abled orphaned children in Eastern India.

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Born in Wardha, SindhutaiSapkal left school in the 4th standard because her parents could not afford her education.

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BetiZindabad Bakery

In first of its kind, Chhattisgarh government has come up with a unique initiative of setting-up a bakery unit for survivors of human trafficking, as its pilot project under flagship of ‘BetiZindabad’ campaign in Pathalgaon, Jashpur.

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Ms. Sabarmatee

Sabarmatee, a conservationist and a scholar, has been working with an NGO called Sambhav located at Nayagarh district in Odisha since 1993.

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Ms. Mittal Patel

Mittal Patel has done extensive work for the rights of nomadic and de-notified tribes of India. She is the founder of VichartaSamudaySamarthan Manch (VSSM) in Ahmedabad.

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Dr. S. Siva Sathya

Dr. S. Siva Sathya developed a mobile app, MITRA (Mobile Initiated Tracking & Rescue Application) in 2015 which is a customized SOS application for the Puducherry region.

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Dr.LizymolPhiliposePamadykandathil is a scientist with three decades of experience in the field of polymers and biomaterials.

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Ms. Chirom Indira

Ms. Chirom Indira is a handloom entrepreneur and social worker based in Imphal, Manipur. In 2015, she was confered with the ‘National Award’ in Design and Development in the promotion of Handloom Products category.

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Ms. Urmila BalawantApte

Ms. Urmila BalawantApte is an advocate of women’s rights and has spent decades working for the cause of gender equality.

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Ms. DeepikaKundaji

DeepikaKundaji is a Conservationist who has worked since 1994 to save and revive more than 90 endangered traditional varieties of vegetables.

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Ms. Purnima Barman

Ms. Purnima Barman is a wildlife biologist who has been making tremendous efforts to protect an endangered stork called Hargilla.

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Dr. Anita Bharadwaj

Dr. Anita Bharadwaj is a medical practitioner who has dedicated her career to ensuring health services in the most difficult situations

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Dr. Bharti Kashyap

Noted ophthalmologist and philanthropist Dr. Bharti Kashyap has been waging a war against loss of eyesight among the poor and the destitute for the past 23 years and has  dedicated her life for the well-being of women and children in the tribal and primitive tribal areas of Jharkhand.

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Ms. AmbicaBeri

AmbicaBeri has single handedly established ‘Art Ichol’,  a world class Arts Centre, in a small village, Ichol, near Maihar, 120 kms from Khajuraho, in Madhya Pradesh.

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Ms. Gauri Maulekhi

Ms. Gauri Maulekhi has contributed to animal welfare advocacy in India.

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Ms. PushpaGirimaji

PushpaGirimaji has the distinction of being the only journalist in India to have campaigned consistently for consumer empowerment and consumer safety, through weekly columns spanning 35 years.

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AVANI Organization

Founded by Rashmi Bharti and Rajnish Jain in 1999, Avani is dedicated to creating sustainable livelihoods for rural populations, particularly women.

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In 1969 Kutch was in the grip of drought. Mrs Chanda Shroff visited Dhaneti village in Kutch to help run a free kitchen. In the exquisite embroidery on their clothing, she saw a way to enable them to earn a sustainable and dignified livelihood. This was the beginning of Shrujan.

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Dr. C.K. Durga

Dr. C.K. Durga has contributed immensely in the field of women's health through her extensive research on Breast Cancer

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Ms. Rekha Mishra

Ms. Rekha Mishra joined the Railway Protection Force in 2015 and has single-handedly rescued 953 runaway/ lost/ trafficked children from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) Railway Station in Mumbai.

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Ms. Thinlas Chorol

Thinlas Chorol founded the Ladakhi Women’s Travel Company at the age of 29 and it is the first women owned and operated company in Ladakh.

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Ms. Mehvish Mushtaq

Ms. Mehvish Mushtaq has the distinction of developing the first-ever Android application for Kashmir called ‘Dial Kashmir’.

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Karuna Society for Animals and Nature

Clement​ie​n Pauws Koenegras came to India from ​the Netherlands in 1995​ with her husband and on to the Sat​h​ya Sai Baba ashram in Puttaparthi. Moved by the animal suffering she saw​ she ​started looking after street animals.

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NavikaSagarParikrama – INSV Tarini Team (Lt. CdrVartika Joshi, Lt. Cdr Pratibha Jamwal, Lt. Cdr Patarpalli Swathi, Lt. Aishwarya Bodapatti, Lt. SH Vijaya Devi, Lt. Payal Gupta)

The crew of the Indian Navy Sailing Vessel 'Tarini' is a part of the Indian Navy’s unique project 'Navika Sagar Parikrama', an all-women team circumnavigating the globe, promoting ocean sailing activities in the Navy and depicting Government of India's commitment towards women empowerment.

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One Stop Centre, Raipur

One Stop Centre (OSC) 'Sakhi' at Raipur, Chhattisgarh, provides 24x7 integrated services to women affected by violence, under one roof. About 1,840 women have availed services at the centre, till date.

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Millet Network of India

National Millet Sister Network is a first of its kind group launched by 100 women from nine states to provide knowledge to women in the area of millet farming.

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State of Punjab

Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) Scheme was launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, as a flagship programme to address the declining Child Sex Ratio and related issues of empowerment of women.

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Ms. Madhu Jain

The work of Crafts Revivalist and Textile Conservationist Madhu Jain is embedded in a strong economic purpose.

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Ms. Jetsun Pema

Ms. Jetsun Pema has dedicated her life for Tibetan refugee children since 1964.

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Dr. M.S. Sunil

The term Good Samaritan is exemplified by Dr. M.S. Sunil, a retired zoology teacher in Pathanamthitta. She shows us that it is possible for one person to make a huge difference

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Ms. Sheela Balaji

Sheela Balaji, Chairperson and Managing Trustee of AIM For Seva and Swami Dayananda Educational Trust, it was important to save heritage rice varieties. So she not only grew these lost gems but also made sure that people could taste them and she  has been encouraging farmers to grow them once again using organic farming practices .

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Dr. Malvika Iyer

Dr. Malvika Iyer was 13 years old when she survived a bomb blast in Bikaner, Rajasthan. She lost both her hands and severely damaged both her legs with nerve paralysis and hypoesthesia.

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Revanna Umadevi Nagraj

Ms. Revanna Umadevi Nagraj has had an incredible journey. Starting her career as a typist in the Horticulture Department of Karnataka in 1989, she has emerged as the female world champion in billiards.

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Anuradha Krishnamoorthy and Namrata Sundaresan

Anuradha and Namrata both come from diverse fields. Anuradha is the founder of CAN DO, a BPO that focuses on individuals with disabilities and employing them in data/desk research services.

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Justice Gita Mittal

Justice Gita Mittal long recognized that following a universal procedural approach in typical court room trials involving sexual violence on women and children severely impedes equal access to justice.