New Delhi, Jan 19: President Ram Nath Kovind will on Saturday honour over 100 women who have been achievers and have made India proud with their achievements. The Ministry of Women & Child Development has selected 112 women who have been the first to achieve a milestone in their respective fields. Among them are tennis player Sania Mirza, boxer Mary Kom, Everest climber Bachendri Pal and Olympic medal winning badminton player PV Sindhu. Complete profiles of the 112 women being honouredAlso Read - Indonesia Open: PV Sindhu Beats Sim Yujin, Sets up Semifinal Clash Against Intanon
The women are being felicitated at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on Saturday evening under the banner of “First Ladies”. “Keeping up with the solemn spirit of Empowered Nari, the Ministry conceptualised ‘First Ladies’. These First Ladies rose through barriers, standards and oppressive notions to become the first women to excel in the fields which were thought to be beyond them,” said Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi. Also Read - PV Sindhu Cruises Into Indonesia Open Quarterfinals
The 112 women have been selected from a list of 227 women. The list was compiled through various sources including Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Sports, Limca Book of Records, press clippings and Internet. Also Read - Indonesia Open: PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, B Sai Praneeth Advance to Second Round
The list has women from different fields including sports, defence, health and fitness, culinary, fashion and railways. Flying Officer Bhawana Kanth, Avani Chaturvedi and Mohana Singh of Indian Air Force’s first batch of female fighter pilots are also among the 112 women to be honoured. The list also includes Delhi’s first woman bus driver Vankadarath Saritha and India’s first female autorickshaw driver Shila Dawre. Sucheta Pal, first Indian to attain the position of Global Brand Ambassador for India as the Master Trainer in Zumba, also figures in the list of the 112 women achievers.
‘First Ladies’ is the second leg of the ‘100 Women Achievers’ campaign of the Ministry. The Ministry had collaborated with Facebook in 2015 to recognise ‘100 Women Achievers’ who have excelled in diverse sectors of public work.