NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modis social media accounts buzzed on Sunday with stories of empowerment as seven women achievers steered the discourse, taking millions of his followers on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook through their empowering journey of overcoming the odds to emerge as changemakers.
To mark International Womens Day, the PM signed off from all his social media accounts and handed them over to the women achievers for the day.
The women articulated their views on subjects as diverse as hunger, sanitation, sustainable development for water conservation, disability and inclusion, and financial empowerment by building capacity of women in traditional crafts and farming. Apart from the large number of retweets, shares and comments, some of the achievers who are on social media accounts witnessed a steep rise in the number of followers.
The seven achievers included Food Bank India founder Sneha Mohandoss, bomb blast survivor and disability rights activist Malvika Iyer, young entrepreneur Arifa Jan who works with women artisans to revive traditional crafts in Kashmir, water champion Kalpana Ramesh who uses sustainable design to combat water shortage, Vijaya Pawar who has been working for two decades to promote handicrafts of Banjara women in Maharashtra, Kalavati Devi of Kanpur who collected money to build toilets and Veena Devi of Munger in Bihar who started mushroom farming from her home.
Arifa Jan, Veena Devi and Kalavati Devi were also conferred with the Nari Shakti Puraskar by President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday.
In the morning, Modi took to Twitter to say, “India has outstanding woman achievers in all parts of the nation. These women have done great work in a wide range of sectors. Their struggles and aspirations motivate millions. Let us keep celebrating the achievements of such women and learning from them.”
He also greeted everyone on International Womens Day. “We salute the spirit and accomplishments of our Nari Shakti. As Id said a few days ago, Im signing off. Throughout the day, seven women achievers will share their life journeys and perhaps interact with you through my social media accounts,” he tweeted.
Mohandoss from Food Bank India was the first to tweet. “You heard of food for thought. Now, it is time for action and a better future for our poor. We have over 20 chapters and have impacted several people with our work. We also initiated activities like mass cooking, cooking marathons, breastfeeding awareness drives,” the Chennai-based Mohandoss tweeted.
Iyer said she survived a bomb blast at the age of 13 which blew off her hands and severely damaged her legs. “I worked and went on to do a PhD. Giving up is never an option,” she tweeted. She highlighted how education was indispensable for change. “We need to show people with disabilities as role models instead of showing them as weak and dependent,” she said. Iyer also spoke of accessibility and the need to focus on invisible disabilities like mental illness.
Arifa Jan from Kashmir tweeted, “I always dreamt of reviving the traditional crafts of Kashmir because this is a means to empower locRead More – Source