NITI Aayog organizes the Fourth Edition of the Women Transforming India Awards
NITI Aayog organized the Fourth Edition of the Women Transforming India Awards on 08 March 2020 and defence minister Rajnath Singh, presided over as the chief guest of the event and conferred the WTI Awards. WTI Awards are NITI Aayog’s initiative to highlight the commendable and ground-breaking endeavours of India’s women leaders and changemakers. Since 2018, the Awards have been hosted under the aegis of NITI Aayog’s Women Entrepreneurship Platform with a special focus on entrepreneurship.
Launched on International Women’s Day, two years ago, the Women Entrepreneurship Platform has become a forum dedicated to educating, enabling and empowering women entrepreneurs.
The event began with a recap of the Women Entrepreneurship Platform’s journey over the last two years through a video. The event featured three spotlight speakers, Debjani Ghosh, President, Nasscomm; Ani Choying Drolma, musician and women’s rights activist; and Chetna Gala Sinha, Founder and Chair, Mann Deshi Bank and Foundation who delivered spirited talks on the importance of the three pillars of WEP: Iccha Shakti, Gyan Shakti, and Karma Shakti.
Addressing the audience, the minister emphasised on the role of women in the workforce in contributing to the economic growth of the nation. He went on to remark, 'Today's awardees have overcome financial and societal challenges to not just redefine the word entrepreneurship but also refine it. I congratulate NITI Aayog and WEP for providing women entrepreneurs with a platform to share their dreams, failures and victories with each other and grow from them.'
The award ceremony recognized women across verticals of healthcare, education and food tech amongst other fields. The WTI Awards 2019 received over 2,300 applications of which the Top 30 were shortlisted through a three-stage evaluation process consisting of independent assessment and Jury and Super Jury Rounds.
The cohort of WTI’s Top 30 women constitutes an impressive array of trailblazers who have led strong business models or made groundbreaking innovations, shattering the glass ceilings to achieve success.
The WTI has continuously brought to the fore, inspiring female role models who have been impacting change in the nations. This edition was no different in providing the much-needed limelight for the stellar work of women-led businesses in both commercial and social sectors.