7 Indian Women Find Place in BBC's 100 Most Inspiring & Influential Women of 2019
It’s a proud moment for all Indians as 7 daughters of this glorious country have found place in BBC list of most inspiring and influential women for 2019. From poet to space entrepreneur, from human rights activist to environmentalist, from gender equality expert to yoga expert and a doctor with a big yet not very highlighted cause of asexuality, every one of them has shown to us how one can touch lives in their own respect. They inspire us to stand not only for ourselves but also for others and the humanity as a whole.
Aranya Johar, Poet
A poet and feminist, Aranya has harnessed the power of social media and slam poetry to highlight such issues as gender equality, mental health and body positivity. Her first poem, “A Brown Girl’s Guide to Gender” went viral and hit 1 million views in just two days. A TEDx speaker, Aranya also collaborated with Akshay Kumar for the movie ‘Padman’. She is among the recommended 10 women one must follow on social media along with Michelle Obama and Ashley Graham.
Natasha Noel, Yoga Expert
The Yogini and social media influencer, Natasha Noel, has more than 247000 followers on Instagram. A survivor of childhood abuse, Natasha battled depression and bounced back to life as a yoga expert, wellness coach and motivational speaker to show the light to many who go through challenges in life. Dance, Yoga, YouTube, Instagram are some of the milestones of her life that helped her in the journey of uplifting humans.
Parveena Ahanger, Human Rights Activist
Known as Iron Lady of Kashmir, Parveena is the Founder and Chairperson of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) in Jammu and Kashmir. She founded APDP in 1994 to support the family members of missing persons. She has also won the Rafto Prize for Human Rights in 2017 and was nominated for Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.
Pragati Singh, Doctor
The founder of ‘Indian Aces’, Dr. Pragati Singh provided the very first platform for asexual people in India. While working for maternal, child and reproductive health, Dr. Pragati came across the problem of many women who did not want to have intercourse with their husbands or partners. This led her to research more about asexuality. She then formed the online community "Indian Aces" in 2014. It is India's first platform for addressing asexuality. Relaunched in 2017, it has now both online and offline presence across Indian and beyond. Along with asexuality, it now includes research, workshops and advocacy on gender, sexuality, diversity and more.
Subhalakshmi Nandi, Gender Equality Expert
Director of the International Center for Research on Women, Subhalakshmi Nandi has worked for more than 15 years for gender equality in Asia- Pacific region. She has written extensively in International journals and books about issues such as unpaid work, rights of women farmers, social protection, women’s education and engendering microfinance. Earlier she has also worked with UN Women and women’s rights organizations with regard to diverse issues of gender equality and rights.
Susmita Mohanty, Space Entrepreneur
The CEO of EARTH2ORBIT, Dr. Susmita Mohanty is the only space entrepreneur in the world to have started companies on 3 different continents. This spaceship designer has also co-founded two other companies, MOONFRONT in San Francisco and LIQUIFER in Vienna. Before she turned entrepreneur, Susmita worked for the International Space Station Program at Boeing in California and also at NASA Johnson for some time. She was featured on cover of Fortune Magazine in 2017 and was voted into Financial Times’ list of “25 Indians to Watch” in 2012. She got educated in India, France, and Sweden and has multiple degrees including a PhD to her credit. She is also one of a few to have visited the Arctic and Antarctica, on invitation.
Vandana Shiva, Environmentalist
The environmental activist, Vandana Shiva is a well-known scholar, food sovereignty advocate, and anti-globalization author. She founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology in 1982 which also paved way to the creation of Navdanya in 1991. Navdanya is a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seed, the promotion of organic farming and fair trade. Among many awards, she has also received the Right Livelihood Award in 1993 which is known as an "Alternative Nobel Prize".
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