They also suffer from… Maternal Mortality Women Trafficking Malnutrition Exploitative Practices Child Marriage Dowry Gender Violence Child Labor Eve Teasing Sexual Harassment Family Abuse & a lot more…
60 % of the Girls are married before the age of 16 Nearly 60% of the married girls bear children before they are 18 125,000 women die from pregnancy and related causes every year Maternal mortality in India is the 2 nd highest in the world
Access to Sanitation facilities is a special problem for women and girls Public toilets for females are few
It is well known that women and children work in huge numbers in bidi-rolling, agarbatti-rolling, bangle making, weaving, brassware, leather, crafts and other industries. Yet, only 3 % of these women are recorded as laborers.
Poverty Levels are still 60 % plus, where in, Extreme poverty figures maintain to be at 35% plus mark
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China: Suicidal rates are higher in case of women Status of Japanese working women in dilemma The Deafening Silence: Asian American women in the whirlpool of depression Women’s life at risk because of acid attacks in Ethiopia Some Global Eye Openers
37% women victims of domestic violence: NFH survey Almost half of Indian women have not heard of AIDS Married women, children most anaemic in India Women are killed in China to become brides of dead men Some Global Eye Openers
Famously known as known as Bharatiya Kokila ( The Nightingale of India ), was a child prodigy , freedom fighter , and poet .
Naidu was the first Indian woman to become the President of the Indian National Congress and the first woman to become the governor of a state in India .
She joined the Indian independence movement , in the wake of the aftermath of partition of Bengal in 1905 .
From 1915 to 1918 she lectured all over India on welfare of youth, dignity of labour, women's emancipation and nationalism. After meeting Jawaharlal Nehru in 1916, she took up the cause of the indigo workers of Champaran .
In 1925 she was elected as the President of the Congress, the first Indian woman to hold the post
In July 1919 , Naidu became the Home Rule League 's ambassador to England .
India's first woman photo journalist, 92-year-old Homai Vyarawalla , has witnessed many historic events and changes during the freedom struggle and after. Her vast portfolio, soon to be published in a book, has pictures of Mumbai in the 1930s, political leaders, freedom fighters, the Nehru era right up to the time of Indira Gandhi. The world saw the optimism and jubilation of a newly liberated country through her pictures. Homai Vyarawalla photographed the last days of the British Empire and her work traces the birth and growth of a new nation. The story of Homai’s life and her work spans an entire century of Indian history.
She broke new ground by joining the élite Indian Police Service in 1972, the first woman in India to do so.
Her humane and fearless approach has contributed greatly to innumerable innovative policing and prison reforms.
Besides her professional contributions, two voluntary organizations founded and supervised by her — Navjyoti, set up in 1988 and India Vision Foundation in 1994, reach out to thousands of poor children daily for primary education; women for adult literacy; provide vocational training and counseling services in the slums, rural areas and inside the prison apart from treatment for drug addiction.
She and her organizations today stand nationally and internationally recognized, with the latest award being given by the United Nations — the Serge Sotiroff Memorial Award for drug abuse prevention.
SEWA is the global standard bearer in efforts to provide comprehensive support to poor, self-employed women in countries with large informal economies.
Its efforts over three decades to increase the bargaining power, economic opportunities, health security, legal representation and organizational abilities of Indian women have brought dramatic improvements to hundreds and thousands of lives and influenced similar initiatives around the globe.
SEWA’s 688,566 members include 535,674 women representing 53 unorganized trades within the state and additional 152,892 members in 4 other states.
SEWA is the largest union in India, offering its members a broad array of financial, health, childcare, insurance, legal, vocational and education services.
She did her M.A. in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). She left her position on the faculty of TISS as well as her unfinished Ph. D. when she became involved in the tribal and peasant agitations in Maharashtra , Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat , which eventually led to the organization of the Narmada Bachao Andolan
On March 28,2006, she started a hunger-strike to protest against the decision of the authorities to raise the height of the Narmada Dam. She ended her 20 day fast on April 17, 2006, after the Supreme Court of India refused the Narmada Bachao Andolan's appeal to stop the construction of the dam.
Arrested by Police in West Bengal
She was held by the police at Singur on December 2, 2006 before as she reached to protest against the acquisition of farmland.
Attack on Medha Patkar
On November 8, 2007, her convoy was allegedly attacked by activists of Communist Party of India-Marxist
Medha Patkar is one of the recipients of Right Livelihood Award for the year 1991.
She received the 1999 M.A.Thomas National Human Rights Award from Vigil India Movement .
She has also received numerous other awards, including the Deena Nath Mangeshkar Award , Mahatma Phule Award , Goldman Environment Prize , Green Ribbon Award for Best International Political Campaigner by BBC , and the Human Rights Defender's Award from Amnesty International .
She was also a Commissioner to the World Commission on Dams .
Roy has campaigned along with activist Medha Patkar against the Narmada dam project , saying that the dam will displace half a million people, with little or no compensation, and will not provide the projected irrigation, drinking water and other benefits.
Roy donated her Booker prize money as well as royalties from her books on the project to the Narmada Bachao Andolan .
Roy has strongly criticised the U.S. led invasion of Afghanistan in reaction to the September 11 attacks, decrying its undermining of international law and institutions, disputing U.S. claims of being a peaceful and freedom-loving nation
Arundhati Roy was awarded the 1997 Booker Prize for her fiction The God of Small Things . The award carried a cash prize and a citation that noted: 'The book keeps all the promises that it makes.‘
In 2002, she won the Lannan Foundation 's Cultural Freedom Award for her work "about civil societies that are adversely affected by the world’s most powerful governments and corporations" and "to celebrate her life and her ongoing work in the struggle for freedom, justice and cultural diversity."
Roy was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize in May 2004 for her work in social campaigns and her advocacy of non-violence .
In January 2006 she was awarded the Sahitya Akademi award for her collection of essays on contemporary issues, The Algebra of Infinite Justice , but she declined to accept it
Aruna Roy (61) is an Indian political and social activist .
She is best known for her campaigns to better the lives of the rural poor in Rajasthan (north-western India) and her long campaigns were instrumental in the passing of the Indian Right to Information law in 2005.
She resigned from the prestigious bureaucratic service of the Indian central government (the "IAS") in order to devote her time to campaigns, social work and social reform.
Roy joined the Social Work and Research Center in Tilonia , Rajasthan , which had been set up by her husband Sanjit 'Bunker' Roy .
She worked at the SWRC until 1983, then moved to Devdoongri , a village in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan in 1987 along with Shanker Singh and Nikhil Dey .
Together with many people from the area, the three of them helped set up the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (Workers-Farmers' Unity Union), which they describe as a "non-party people's organisation" in 1990.
She was also the first woman engineer to be selected in Telco (now Tata Motors), Pune. She had written a postcard to JRD Tata complaining of the gender bias in Tata Motors (Telco then had a men-only policy) and she was invited for a special interview by Tata Motors.
On November 19th 2004 , the Raja-Lakshmi Award for the year 2004 was presented to her "in recognition of her outstanding contribution to social work" by Sri Raja-Lakshmi Foundation , Chennai
In 2006, she was awarded the Padma Shri , a civilian award from the Government of India and received an honorary doctorate from Sathyabama University .
Mrs. Gupte was instrumental in transforming ICICI Bank from a primarily term lending institution into a technology led diversified financial services group with a strong presence in India's retail financial services market.
The Economic Times Awards for Corporate Excellence on "The Women Behind ICICI" for "Business Woman of the Year 2004-2005".
"The Woman of the Year Award" for 2002 presented by the International Women's Association for her achievements in the corporate world,
"The 21st Century for Finance & Banking Award" by the Ladies' Wing of the Indian Merchants' Chamber (1997) and "Women Achievers' Award" from the Women Graduates Union (2001).
Tina, in 2002, provided a platform for `Aseema', an NGO engaged in the rehabilitation and education of street children.
30 street children displayed their talent through innovative works of art and craft. The proceeds from the show went towards helping `Aseema'
`Harmony' derived its name from the furnishings product division of the Ambani-owned Reliance Industries.
It was an association of ideas, she says. "The Harmony range of furnishing fabrics was also an attempt to evolve a harmony, between the aesthetics of modern day living, fine art and the new generation technology.
Since its inception in 1996, the show has not looked back. The number of entries, the number of visitors, the quality of work and the fame of the show have gone up. The exhibition has dealt with different themes — The Spirit of India, Harmony, the Essence of Life, Art and Fashion.
Two awards were instituted in 1998, the Harmony Excellence Award for the Emerging Artist of the Year', a sum of Rs 1 lakh, and the `Harmony Heritage Award for Lifetime Contribution to Art, Culture and Literature' worth Rs 2 lakh.
The Harmony for Silvers Foundation, founded in 2004 by Tina Anil Ambani, is a non-government organization working to enhance the quality of life of the elderly in India.
It envisages India’s elderly as ‘Silver Citizens’—glowing and proud. Harmony’s mission is to create an environment where silvers, irrespective of their cultural beliefs, can retain their dignity, self-respect, pride and self-confidence
Over a period of time, the Harmony for Silvers Foundation intends to promote sound and forward looking strategies and mechanisms to enhance the abilities and participation of silver citizens in the overall development of society.
Naina Lal Kidwai (born 1957 ) was the first Indian woman to graduate from the Harvard Business School . As of 2006, she is the Chief Executive Officer of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation India branches.
Fortune magazine listed Kidwai among the World's Top 50 Corporate Women from 2000 to 2003. According to the Economic Times , she is the first woman to head the operations of a foreign bank in India.
Naina Lal Kidwai is currently the Group General Manager and Country Head of HSBC India. She has been awarded with Padma Shri , one of the highest civilian honours bestowed by the Government of India . The announcement was made by Rashtrapati Bhawan on 26 Jan 2007
She received a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Madras Christian College in 1974, and immediately entered the PGDBA (Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration) program at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta .
After graduating from IIM-C in 1976, she worked in India for several years (including a stretch at Madura Coats).
She was admitted to Yale School of Management in 1978 for a master's degree in Management. Following her master's degree from Yale in 1980, Nooyi started at
The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), from where she moved on to strategy positions at Motorola and ABB .
While at PepsiCo, Indra Nooyi has played a vital role in starting Tricon, which is currently known as Yum! Brands Inc .
Nooyi recommended spinning off Taco Bell , KFC and Pizza Hut , arguing PepsiCo couldn't bring enough value to the fast food industry. Nooyi also took the lead in the acquisition of Tropicana in 1998, and merger with Quaker Oats Co .
She is also noted for promoting the concept of "performance with purpose," aiming to make PepsiCo a leader in offering healthy foods and hiring a diverse workforce.
Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (born 23 March 1953 in Bangalore ) is an Indian entrepreneur . She is the Chairman & Managing Director of Biocon Ltd. In 2004 , she became India ’s richest woman .
As Chairperson and Mission Leader of CII's National Task Force on Biotechnology she has led several delegations to USA, Canada, UK, etc. to propel India into the global super league of biotech trailblazers.
She chairs Karnataka's Vision Group on Biotechnology and also served on the Board of Science Foundation, Ireland.
Shabana Azmi is a film actress as well as a social activist, and her performances in films in a variety of genres have generally earned her praises and awards.
Shabana Azmi has been a committed social activist, active in fighting AIDS and injustice in real life.
She has voiced her opinion on a variety of issues.
Among the neglected social groups whose causes she has advocated are slum dwellers, displaced Kashmiri migrants and victims of the earthquake at Latur (Maharashtra, India).
After the September 11 2001 attacks, she opposed the advice of an important religious leader calling upon the Muslims of India to join the people of Afghanistan in their fight by retorting that the leader go there alone.
2006: Gandhi International Peace Prize, awarded by Gandhi Foundation, London.
She was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in Art by Chancellor of the University Brandan Foster by the Leeds Metropolitan University in Yorkshire
Since 1989, she is a member of the National Integration Council headed by the Prime Minister of India ; a member of National AIDS Commission (of India); and was nominated (in 1997) as a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian parliament.
UNFPA had appointed her as its goodwill Ambassador for India, and the Michigan University conferred (in 2002) on her the Martin Luther King Professorship award in recognition of her contribution to arts, culture and society.
And There are a lot more… Saluja Motwani Barkha Dutt Maharani Gayatri Devi Sushmita Sen Brinda Karat Nandita Das Kalpana Chawla Sunita Williams Menaka Gandhi Lata Mangeshkar
Efforts by Gayatri Pariwar…. Anti-Dowry Marriages Over 1 lac Inter-caste marriages Education, Yog and Health camps Nasha & Vyasan Mukti camps Self Reliance camps Efforts for Social Justice Encouraging women Empowerment Emphasizing Human Welfare Dev Sanskriti VishwaVidhyalaya