#100Women Initiative’ launched by Ministry of Women & Child Development
New Delhi: The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) in collaboration with Facebook has on Tuesday launched the ‘#100Women Initiative’ that aims to recognize and acknowledge women who are making a difference in their communities, across the country. The ‘#100Women Initiative’ involves a contest to select 100 women achievers of India through public nominations via social media.
Speaking about the initiative, the Union Minister for Women and child Development, Maneka Gandhi said, “We have all had women in our lives who’ve made a difference, who have changed the course of our own lives, who’ve left a mark on the entire community and changed it for the better. We don’t thank them enough. Here is your chance to honor the women who’ve made a difference to your community. Log on to the Facebook Page of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, share a video with us on why the woman you choose should be honored as India’s 100 most impactful Women.”
Starting on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, as part of the contest, people can nominate women who have made an impact and made their community better, by visiting the Ministry’s Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/ministryWCD) until September 30, 2015. Voting will begin on November 7, 2015 on the top 200 entries as determined by an esteemed jury. Winners will be invited to join a reception organized by the Ministry around Republic Day.
To submit their nomination, people can visit the Ministry of Women and Child Development Facebook page between July 15 and September 30, 2015 and complete the nomination form. They will need to submit a photo or video showing the nominee in action in their community. Winners will be announced in December, 2015. The women will be hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee on January 22, 2016, the day when Prime Minister had launched the “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” programme this year.
Ms Ankhi Das, Director of Public Policy in South and Central Asia at Facebook said “Millions of people come on to Facebook everyday to talk about things that matter most to them. This is a great opportunity for us to celebrate women who have made a difference in our communities. We’re delighted to have this opportunity to celebrate and recognize the women of India.”