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Wonder Women

Web Wonder Women Campaign

Union Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) felicitated 30 women under Web Wonder Women campaign. They were felicitated to celebrate their exceptional achievements in driving social reforms via social media.


These 30 women were selected by WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi led panel comprising of 10 judges. The panel had finalised names of 30 women from over 240 nominations received under categoriesmedia, awareness, legal, health, governmental, food, environment, development, business and art.

Web Wonder Women campaign

  • It was organized by WCD Ministry in collaboration with Twitter India and NGO Breakthrough India.
  • It was aimed at recognizing fortitude of Indian women stalwarts from across globe who have used power of social media to run positive campaigns to steer positive change in society.
  • It also was aimed at encouraging, recognizing and acknowledging efforts and voices of these meritorious women who on their own capacity have driven positive impact on social media platforms.
  • It is the third leg of the ‘Women Achievers’ campaign of WCD Ministry along with Nari Shakti Puruskar and Nari Shakti Puruskar.

Other WCD Ministry Honours

  • Nari Shakti Puruskar:It is given every year on 8th March (World Women Day) to honour women who have contributed to society but have remained unsung.
  • ‘First Ladies’ Initiative: It recognising women who have broken glass ceiling and ventured into unusual fields.
  • It is first-of-its-kind Government initiative to felicitate exceptional women who were the first to set milestone in their respective fields.
  • 100 Women Achievers: It was launched by WCD ministry in collaboration with Facebook to recognise ‘100 Women Achievers’ who have excelled in diverse sectors of public work.

International Women’s Day

  • The first National Women’s Day was observed in the US in February 1909 to honour the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York that had been organised by the Socialist Party of America.
  • On 19 March 1911, a million women and men across Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Denmark also observed Women’s Day, making it more international. The demonstrators demanded jobs for women, the right to hold public office, and an end to discrimination.
  • In 1914, Women’s Day was celebrated on 8 March, possibly because it was a Sunday, to commemorate protests for equal pay and suffrage. And the date stuck. In 1975, the United Nations selected 8 March to be International Women’s Day.
  • Since then many countries like Russia, China, Vietnam have made it an official holiday.

National Women’s Day of India

National Women’s Day of India was observed on 13 February since 2014. This day is observed on the date of birth of India’s first women governor Sarojini Naidu.

Sarojini Naidu

  • Sarojini Naidu is also known as the Nightingale of India
  • She was a child prodigy, a poet and an activist during the independence of India
  • From 1947 to 1949, she served as the first woman to become the governor of an Indian state of United Provinces of Agra and Oudh
  • In 1925, she served as second woman to become President of the Indian National Congress and the first Indian woman to do so
  • Naidu joined the Indian national movement after the partition of Bengal in 1905
  • In 1928, the British Government awarded her with the medal Naidu Kaiser-i-Hind for her work during the plague epidemic in India

Literary works of Sarojini Naidu

  • Golden Threshold published in 1905 was her first collection of poems
  • The Bird of Time: Songs of Life, Death and the Spring
  • Feast of Youth
  • The Magic Tree
  • The Wizard Mask
  • Muhammad Jinnah: An Ambassador of Unity
  • The Sceptred Flute: Songs of India, Allahabad: Kitabistan
  • The Indian Weavers

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