The Week That Was: Indian Women Empowerment News Overview (21-26 November)

By: WE Staff | Saturday, 26 November 2022

Although the idea of women's empowerment has been around for generations, it has only recently come into the public eye. The emergence of the feminist movement, the UN's recognition of women's rights as fundamental human rights, and the rising visibility of successful women in all spheres of life are just a few of the numerous causes that have contributed to the greater emphasis on women's empowerment. Empowering women is a worthy objective that we should all work toward achieving. We can make the world more fair and equal for everyone if we work to empower women.

The website WomenEntrepreneurIndia lists a few recent events that have given women increased power in various ways. Take a look at it.

FICCI Ladies OrganisationConduct Textile & Handloom Show Titled 'Anshukam'

FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) the apex body of business women in the country conducted a two-day textile and handloom show titled ‘Anshukam’ in New Delhi. FLO mentioned that the focus in the coming years will be on finding new markets and linkages for the handloom sector in India and abroad by directly working with the artisans across the nation.

Speaking at the event National President, FICCI ladies Organisation (FLO), JyantiDalmia said, “We will help small and medium artisans and weavers revive and modernize the Handloom sector as per changing needs and demands of the market and make them introduce new products and services”.

Social Commerce Evermos Snags the UN Women 2022 Indonesia Women Empowerment Principles Award

 Evermos won a prestigious award for its commitment to gender equality, namely the UN Women 2022 Indonesia Women Empowerment Principles (WEP's) Award for the Transparency & Reporting category. Through the implementation of an accountable framework to improve gender indicators, this Bandung-based social commerce managed to achieve the first position previously held by a leading unicorn. After a curation process for at least 100 candidate companies, startups, and SMEs from various cities in Indonesia, this award was given in person in Jakarta in early November 2022.

MVIRDC signs MoU with IIWM to Promote Sustainability Concepts

The MVIRDC World Trade Centre Mumbai has entered into a strategic alliance with Bengaluru-based International Institute of Waste Management (IIWM). The collaboration is meant to support and promote sustainability concepts in bilateral trade, investments, technology transfers, joint venture and other forms of business collaboration.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the two organisations that will facilitate exchange of business proposals related to waste management and circular economy concepts.

Philanthropist Sudha Reddy is the First Hyderabadi to join the Global Gift Foundation Family

At the glitzy Four Seasons George V Hotel, the Global Gift Foundation celebrated ten years of The Global Gift Gala Paris edition. Both Eva Longoria and Maria Bravo served as hosts for the enchanted evening. The MEIL Group's Sudha Reddy, a millionaire philanthropist from Hyderabad, represented India at this historic occasion.


Sudha Reddy is a global fashion star, socialite, lover of the arts, and world traveller who is best admired for her work in philanthropy and women's empowerment. The philanthropist directs Megha Group of Industries' CSR programmes, which support numerous social impact projects across India. The Sudha Reddy Foundation, which carries her name, supports women and children with a focus on providing access to affordable healthcare and quality education.

Reddy became the first Hyderabadi to get such a commendable honour because of her tenacious charity efforts and status as a great inspiration in the world of philanthropy. She was inducted into the family of Worldwide Gifters as one of the organization's global ambassadors.

Kajal Aggarwal invests in T.A.C. - The Ayurveda Company

D2C Omnichannel Ayurveda brand, The Ayurveda Co. (T.A.C.) has launched its Series A Funding round with KajalAggarwal (leading Tollywood& Bollywood actor) as the first investor in this round.

Having delivered stellar growth with its first (seed) round led by AzimPremji's Wipro Consumer Care Ventures & HNIs, T.A.C is now raising Series A of $15mn starting with Kajal’sinvestment,making her a long-term partner in T.A.C's growth journey.

Talking about the relationship she shares with T.A.C, Actor& Investor Kajal Aggarwal explained her journey of discovering the brand. "When I was expecting my son,Neil, like most mothers-to-be, I wanted only the safest, purest and natural things for my baby, right from his clothes to his everyday care products. That's when I learned about T.A.C.'s Dashapushpadi range and tried it on myself before using it on him. The brand stands out because of its honest, ethical & hand-picked Ayurvedic formulations. I truly believe that Ayurveda holds the power to transform this world, making it a better, kinderplace, which is why I joined T.A.C.'s mission to heal the world with Ayurveda."

Manika Batra becomes the First Indian Woman to Win a Bronze Medal at the Asian Cup

Recently, Manika Batra and G Sathiyan, who play in mixed doubles, rose to the top of the table tennis world rankings. Manika has gained attention once more after winning bronze in the IITF-ATTU Asian Cup competition. She created history by becoming the first female Indian paddler to take home a medal in table tennis' Asian Cup.

In the bronze medal match, she defeated Hina Hayata, the sixth-ranked player in the world and three-time Asian champion, 4-2 to win the medal. She advanced to the bronze medal match earlier in the day after losing to Mma Ito in the semi-finals, when she stole the show and made history.

Indian Purnima Devi Barman receives the UN's top Environmental Honour in the 2022 Competition, Champions of the Earth

Purnima Devi Barman, a prominent environmentalist from Assam, has been named a 2022 "Champions of the Earth," the United Nations' highest environmental accolade.

According to the United Nations Environmental Program, animal biologist Barman shared the award with four other individuals from various nations for their revolutionary efforts to stop, prevent, and reverse environmental degradation.

Purnima Devi Barman of India won the Entrepreneurial Vision Category of the Champions of Earth Award for her work as the commander of the "Hargila Army."

Dr. Sonia Kanwar Jarial becomes India's First Female Boxing Official to pass the IBA Exam

Dr. Sonia Kanwar Jarial, 44, informed her husband Rajiv Jarial, their children Naisha Jarial and Virajveer Jarial, and herself as soon as she received the International Boxing Association (IBA) email confirming her passing the IBA 3 star referee and judge examination.

Dr. Sonia passed the IBA exam in Maribor, Slovenia, last month, making the Chandigarh referee the first female boxing official in India to do so. She is now qualified to officiate in both the Olympics and world championships.

“It has been a long journey for me as a referee in boxing. It has been a long wait for me since taking the exam in Slovenia about the result. Both my children are always excited to see me officiate in national as well international competitions and they too were awaiting the result along with my husband. To pass the exam and become the first Indian women referee to achieve the 3 Star IBA rating is a special moment for the whole family,” stated Jarial, who is working as an assistant professor at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26.

Mirabai Chanu to Spearhead India's World Weightlifting Championship Challenge

At the World Weightlifting Championships 2022, which will take place in Bogota, Colombia, later this month, India will field a five-member team under the direction of Olympic silver medalist Mirabai Chanu because a few medalists from the Commonwealth Games, including Jeremy Lalrinnunga, are still recovering from their injuries.

The national selectors have chosen four lifters for the competition and will add one more name to the list because lifters like Lalrinnunga, who sustained lower back and thigh injuries while winning the gold medal in men's 67kg at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in August, have not yet fully recovered and will miss the competition, just like they did for the Asian weightlifting championships last month.