International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year to honor women’s rights and celebrate women and their undying contribution to our society. March 8 was officially marked by the United Nations as a day to celebrate women power in the year 1977 and since then, this day is widely celebrated throughout the world.
The history behind this important day can be traced back to the 19th century women’s suffrage movement. It is noticed that while women constitute half of the human population and have widely progressed in many fields of life, conquering both traditional and new roles– their contributions aren’t appreciated enough and thus, this day is celebrated to honor women’s rights, gender equality and women’s achievements.
Some Indian Women’s who done outstanding –
1. Priti Patkar, a social worker bringing hope to the red light areas of Mumbai
Priti, a housewife, started a NGO that has done pioneering social work in the red light areas of Mumbai. Priti actually has started the world’s first night care center for children of women working in red light districts.
2. Pooja Taparia, who runs a NGO that wants to route out child abuse
After going for a play that dealt with the theme of child abuse, Pooja’s life changed forever. She decided to take matters in her own hands and started a NGO, Arpan, that works towards preventing child abuse. Since its inception, Arpan has impacted over 70,000 people directly and over 210,000 indirectly. Pooja’s only aim till date remains to eradicate this heinous act.
3. Mala Srikanth, an ex Doctor who runs a knitting factory
Life has been anything but kind to her. Her entire life has been one hell of a roller coaster ride. After getting divorced and meeting with a serious, life altering accident, Dr. Mala returned to India from Oman. She gave up her practice and started a small knitting factory in her hometown, Ranikhet, for the betterment of her people. This act has not only helped her cope with her own personal turmoil, but has also helped people in Ranikhet learn a new skill and make it a part of their livelihood.
4. Richa Singh, the founder of yourdost.com
An IIT alumnus, Richa is fighting a disease that afflicts 36% of our population. According to WHO reports, that’s how many Indians suffer from depression every year. Richa understood the need of the hour and started yourdost.com a website that helps people cope with their problems. It’s a support network that provides a free platform to anyone who needs to be heard.
5. Patricia Narayan, the Catering Queen
Madly in love, Patricia put her education aside and got married to the man of her dreams at the age of 19. However, her fairly tale love story was short lived. Her husband turned out to be an abusive alcoholic. So, she decided to leave her husband and start a catering business. After working very hard, she finally got her break through. Even though she has lost a lot in life, her zeal and enthusiasm remains alive and today she runs a successful catering business.