When he said was, “Hope you liked your pre women’s day special, I only wish you aim for the stars.
The day was like any other, I was at my desk making my way through the never-ending daily task list wondering if I’ll ever be able to finish everything I was supposed to when someone from the reception came up to me with a gift box. I was pleasantly surprised as it was unexpected and I am not someone who gets gifts often. Within no time, my team was huddled around me curious to know what was inside the box. To my amazement, it was a telescope!
I have been stargazing for most of my life but receiving and owning a telescope of my own was something beyond my wildest dreams. Just after I opened the box, I received a call from my fiancée and all he said was, “Hope you liked your pre women’s day special, I only wish you aim for the stars.”
It meant the world to me that my fiancée was rooting for my success and growth in such a beautiful way.“
Account Coordinator at Genesis BCW, Bangalore.
My fiancé is also in PR, his name is Deepayan Roy. He works as a PR manager in Scenic communication, Mumbai.
Honoring the Power of Women Women are pioneers of the society we live in and their empowerment is intertwined with the aura they create for themselves. There is no field that they have not conquered and the stories of their triumph have been inspiring generations. Moreover, the world is witnessing a significant change in all possible arenas highly influenced by ‘women’. Women are leaders everywhere, from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company, to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household, our country was built by strong women and continues to break down walls and defying stereotypes. They manage to rise through the ranks of impact-focused firms, smashing old paradigms and creating better, more inclusive business models.
Ar. Ishvinder Kaur
Founding Principal & Creative Director at the partner?rs partners Link to Website – www.ivpartners.in/
According to her “Women have a unique power of being able to look at the world’s problems and discover solutions that transform lives and make the world a better place. This is a transformative era for women to be working in, as with the turn of the century our country is experiencing an influx of design influences”.
2) Mrs. Sujata Chitalwala
Principal Designer at Designers Group
Link to website- www.designers-group.com/site/
She believes “The world is witnessing a significant change in all possible arenas highly influenced by ‘women’. From philanthropy to investing in entrepreneurship, women face unique challenges in their quests to make an impact. They rise through the ranks of impact-focused firms, smash old paradigms and create better, more inclusive business models.”
3) Ar. Himani Ahuja
Communications Director & Founder at One Digital
Link to Website – www.onedigital.co.in/
She is of the firm opinion that- “ The dawn of globalization has opened up great avenues for business models and they are no longer perceived as male or female-dominated. Today, the emphasis is given to what an individual has to offer and how his/her ideas contribute to the bigger picture without any focus on gender”.
4) Ar. Arushi Bansal
Interior Design Director at AND Studio
Link to Website – www.andstudio.in/
She feels “Women should have a persistent belief in their capabilities and never apologize for being ambitious. The field of architecture is often at the nucleus of a design to be gradually refined and subtly reconsidered as a process proceeds. Staying motivated is imperative alongside working hard and dreaming bag”
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March 8 marks the return of International Women’s Day, and with it, a global focus on the celebration and equality of women. A day that celebrates women, highlights their achievements and pushes for gender equity and equality. This year’s theme is #EachforEqual, which focuses on a gender-equal and empowered world. It is a day when you don’t just find women coming together to celebrate, but it’s a day when everyone comes together to encourage men and governments to pay heed to initiatives focused on diversity and inclusion and to make an equal space for everyone, regardless of gender. Women are known to contribute significantly to economics in the form of business, entrepreneurial work, or unpaid labor. There has been an increase in the adoption of pro-women initiatives by corporates, public bodies, social inclusions, and this change is just setting in and the journey has just begun.
The life of a modern woman, whether she is working or single, a mother or a wife or a daughter, is multi-faceted. There are several other responsibilities that women take on, which are often overlooked and not accounted for, like managing her work life, household chores, maintaining the house, grocery shopping taking care of the children and family, cooking dinner, etc. Women deserve to be empowered and deserve an equal footing because they certainly aren’t the weaker sex. Empowerment begins with small yet meaningful steps that bring about a positive change.
Ms. Anjali Malhotra, Chief Customer, Marketing, Digital & IT Officer, Aviva India suggests some easy ways to help empower women all around. Boost self-esteem Empowerment comes from within and you must acknowledge that you are empowered in life to maintain healthy self-esteem. The first crucial step to take as a woman is to build self-esteem by boosting your self-confidence, knowing your worth and taking care of and respecting yourself. Developing healthy self-esteem also encompasses recognizing how powerful your internal voice is and learning to rewire your brain by developing more effective thinking patterns. It’s about developing trust in yourself and learning skills to become more assertive.
Invest in Education
Education is one of the most important means of empowering yourself and other women with the knowledge, skills and self-confidence necessary to participate fully in the development process. Education empowers women to make choices that can improve their welfare, health, education of their children and leads to substantial families. Also, education can increase women’s awareness of their rights, boost their self-esteem, and provide them the opportunity to assert their rights.
Financial Planning In today’s fast-paced world, it important for women to proactively take steps towards financial planning for a secure future. Women work fewer years than men and therefore have fewer saving/investment years. Being insured and investing is crucial for them to feel respected, valued and secure. Solid planning by the woman of the house of her own finances will make the family’s financial plan stronger to meet important life goals like buying a dream home, planning for the higher education of children etc. Financial planning is also critical for women to meet their own personal and professional aspirations, without depending on anyone. Life insurance is the first fundamental block of good financial planning. A term insurance plan is extremely affordable yet provides comprehensive security to the insured. They should also consider investing in child insurance, health insurance plans, mutual funds etc. for an insured future.
Stay Healthy and fit For women to lead an empowered life, addressing needs such as women’s health, hygiene and well being is an important aspect. Poor health & hygiene of women is directly linked with a majority of issues such as school dropouts, gender inequality, lower participation in nation-building, a higher graph of health risks and many more. Thus it is essential to concentrate on having a balanced diet and regular workouts and exercises, leading to a healthy lifestyle.
Know your rights Several crimes go unnoticed and unreported because women are not aware of their rights. To fight against the increasing number of crimes, it is imperative to be thorough with your legal rights. The Indian Constitution provides several rights to women like the Maternity Benefits Act, The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace, Protection of Women from Domestic Violence, The Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, etc. As a parent, wife, daughter, employee and a woman, these are rights set in place to protect you and it is important for you to know your rights.
While one day will be not enough to truly champion the cause of women, Women’s Day is just a reminder that we can all begin somewhere to empower women. As we celebrate this International Women’s Day with the theme #EachforEqual, women must be given equal opportunities in every field, irrespective of gender.
Mumbai : Women dressed in traditional attire riding motorcycle/ Women perform dance/Devoteess participate as they take part in celebrate the Gudi Padwa festival in Mumbai on Saturday. Photo Girish Srivastav
encourage our society and womens rights Dr. Sruti Gondi, Founder and MD, Science of Skin Clinic, Hyderabad
Tell us about yourself:
I come from a family full of doctors…. I have grown up watching them treat patients and have always wanted to be a part of that. This led to my passion of becoming a dermatologist and opening Science Of Skin Clinic, Hyderabad.
Share your journey
Filled with hard work and emotions, today when I look back I do feel proud of myself. I struggled working in a few clinic set ups but they weren’t very satisfactory as the scope was very limited. But today my clinic leverages me a good space to practice and help clients. This gives me a good sense of satisfaction and happiness.
What you expect or think on this woman’s day
I think you and me are really blessed to be born into a family where being girl we were encouraged to live our life to the fullest and achieve our dream. But there is still a section in our society where woman are struggling for their basic rights like sanitation, education and some place even right to live. So this woman’s day my request to the society is to please come forward and help this section. That is the true sense of woman’s day for me .
Life time goals
I wish and work hard to grow up to a level where I can dedicate my time to service the society for good. Being a mother and a doctor, I work toward supporting the society especially in development of girl child.
You opinion and suggestion
On this international woman’s day I would suggest each and every woman to first stand up and support themselves only then would they be able to help others.
Describe woman in words
Women are really strong, maybe not physically, but even mentally and emotionally. They do a really good job of maintaining a work life balance. It is not easy being one, but they make it seem so easy and effortless. I would like to take this opportunity to give full credit to the wonderful women in my life, my mother, my teachers who have moulded me to the woman I am today.
Ritu Grover, a single mother, and CEO of TGH Lifestyle Services Pvt. Ltd. To keep it short and simple, I’m a workaholic entrepreneur who loves car rallies, golf and public speaking. I’ve been in the service industry for over 30 years and am now authoring a book on workplace productivity.
Share your journey?
My entrepreneurial journey started right after I finished college. I started working as an interior designer right after my last day of college but realising that employees all over the country needed work-life balance and that was the need of the hour, I started TGH. My daughter at the time was 2 years old and now she’s 20, so it’s safe to say we’ve come a long way.
What you expect or think on this international women’s day?
Personally speaking, I think every day is women’s day. We should celebrate both genders equally, every day. However, in our country I expect crime against women to reduce this year. I expect more and more people to realise that women are equal to men and that feminism stands for equality of both genders.
When it comes to my personal life, I want to become a mentor to budding entrepreneurs and women in particular who feel like their life ends once they get married or have kids so that they can dare to dream and see their dreams turn into reality.
On the professional side, I want TGH to be known as an international brand.
Your opinion and suggestions? (international women’s day )
No hero is complete without ‘her’ and if women are half the population of the world and they raise the other half of the population, there can be nothing more supreme than that.
Any message to given?
I want to tell women to believe in themselves. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will. Have the courage to lead and dare to dream.
Describe women in your words?
I just have one word – POWERFUL. Women are extremely powerful and all it takes is a good mentor or a good leader and 20 seconds of insane courage for them to show how strong and talented they are. Empowered women empower women!
I grew up in Faridpur in Haryana’s Hisar district – a not so friendly place for a girl child. I am the eldest of my four siblings, and at the age of 13 – after the demise of my father, I did everything a son would have done.
Share your journey?
In 2013, I scaled the Mount Everest successfully from the Nepal side with a 6 member team. After the success, I wished to scale it from the China side in 2015, but an avalanche triggered by an earthquake occurred when I was at approximately 22,000 ft, due to which few of my team members did not survive the quake and many were injured. All of the other people were scared to attempt this again but I returned to make another attempt in 2017 and succeeded in hoisting the national flag on the peak on 21st May, 2017.
What you expect or think on this international women’s day?
Dream big & don’t worry about the society and the prejudices that have against women.
Life time goals?
Currently, I plan to climb Denali in North America & Akansha Dua in South America.
Any message to be given?
Women should ensure that they get the right education and once they have reached their goal, try and become mentors and friend to other women around you and help them to grow.
Describe women in your words?
A woman is the perfect combination of grit, beauty, determination, strength & is a great multitasker. She can perform varied roles with ease – be it of a mother, wife, sister, friend, mentor – a women can balance it all and that what’s makes every woman special.
Hi, I am Dr. Geetanjali Chopra. Born and brought up in Delhi, I completed my schooling from Convent of Jesus and Mary, got my Bachelors from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, my Masters, M.Phil and PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Through my education I formed a solid base in journalism and political science. I have also studied a few courses on International Law from the Hague and Utrecht University in Netherlands.
Philanthropy runs in my family. I still have fond memories of going to a school for the visually impaired with my grandfather to celebrate festivals and occasions. My family made sure to inculcate values in my younger brother and me- basic civil values like honesty, charity, humbleness. These were just some of the principles that were imbibed in us from the very start. My parents, and my grandparents especially, have played a very large role in making me who I am today.
Share your journey ?
I have had quite an interesting journey, and I’ve had my finger in a number of pies. I started out as a journalist with The Hindustan Times. I have also been a lecturer and taught students pursuing International Relations. I have even tried my hand at baking, handicraft design and radio jockeying. I have been an active academic for over 15 years and have been widely published on issues like female prisoners, the role of NGOs in international peace, and human rights. I was a fellow at Centre for Policy Research, a Delhi think-tank. This job allowed me to travel the world and attend various seminars on politics and human issues. I was also able to work with a lot of international NGOs through this job. I was happy, and it paid well, but I felt there was something lacking. It was a well-cushioned job, but I felt that it had become monotonous. It was only after setting up Wishes and Blessings that I felt I had found my place; I felt settled.
What you expect or think on this international women’s day ?
I think it is a very important day in all our lives. Women have so much potential invested in themselves, and because of many aspects whether familial or societal or economical, they are not allowed to go out into the world and explore that potential. Wishes and Blessings works with many such underprivileged and homeless girls and young women. The need of the hour is to provide a stable and wholesome childhood so that these young women can go on to build sustainable futures, so that they can escape the vicious cycle of poverty. If we are committing to #BalanceforBetter, education is of prime importance. If you teach a man, you teach an individual. If you teach a woman, you educate a family.
Life time goals ?
My goal might seem cliché, but I stand by it. I want to spread smiles and happiness. Some people might find joy in material things, or prayer, or travelling. My joy comes from somewhere else- seeing someone’s tears turn into happiness. My goal is to help the underprivileged, fulfil their wishes and help their dreams come true.
Your opinion and suggestions ? (international women’s day )
If we are to work towards #BalanceforBetter, people need to join hands and come together. Gender equality exists in all arenas of life, and women have to be given the chance to be heard, understood and given the opportunities to explore multiple avenues. The power of choice must be extended to all, as this is the one thing that guarantees empowerment.
Any message to given ?
Follow your dreams! No goal is too big or too small, however it is important to be realistic. Follow your heart, but make sure to take your brain along.
Describe women in your words ?
Women are powerful and strong. They have the capability to do anything they set their mind to and have the passion and the potential to change society for the better.