100 Women, shortlisted as the winner of #100Women Contest, were invited for lunch at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 22 January. President Pranab Mukherjee hosted the lunch for them as they were selected as winners of the Facebook contest run by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. The date, 22 January also marked the occasion of first anniversary of much-appreciated ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ scheme initiated by Central government.
The Ministry of Women and Child Development invited nominations through a nationwide contest in collaboration with Facebook. The entries were invited in following 20 categories :
- Access to justice protecting women & their rights
- Agriculture and Animal Husbandry
- Animal Welfare
- Arts and Culture
- Commerce Industry and Entrepreneurship
- Community Mobilization
- Disability and Disadvantage
- Environment, forests and wildlife
- Globalizing India
- Healthcare and Wellness
- Hygiene and Sanitation
- Improving the Child Sex Ratio
- Innovation, Science and Technology
- Women in Public Life
- Women’s Empowerment
The contest commenced on July 15, 2015 and a total of 474 nomination were received across all categories. A Jury was formed by the Ministry of Women and Child Development which shortlisted 200 names. “The ministry received an encouraging response from the public, with nominations flowing in from the public. A panel of jury members shortlisted the top 200 women nominees across 20 categories,” official statement reads.
As the second phase of selection, these 200 women nominees went for public voting which was done between December 3 to December 20, 2015 and 100 most voted women were invited at the Rashtrapati Bhavan for lunch and interaction with President. A senior official from the ministry told, “These women have now emerged as achievers through public support. These are women who have pushed boundaries to prove their mettle over 20 categories.”
As per the online sources, 100 shortlisted women included 12 women from Madhya Pradesh and 8 from Tamil Nadu. Each one of 100 women have faced immense struggle in their life and emerged as a total winner, defying the social barriers. The Ministry of Women and Child Development has received huge support and appreciation for highlighting such women across the breadth and length of the country.