#SheInspiresUs: Meet the 7 women who took over PM’s social media

Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave up his social media accounts to seven women from across the country who have made significant contribution in various fields

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From the prime minister’s Twitter and Instagram account brief videos of the women were shared and their achievements were highlighted on his Facebook page under #SheInspiresUs.

As the world celebrates International Women’s Day (March 8), Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave up his social media accounts to seven women from across the country who have made significant contribution in various fields, starting from conserving water to fighting for the rights of the disabled.

From the prime minister’s Twitter and Instagram account brief videos of the women were shared and their achievements were highlighted on his Facebook page under #SheInspiresUs.

She who inspired us on Women’s Day

The first one to take over PM’s social media was the founder of Foodbank India, Sneha Mohandoss. Inspired by her mother, Sneha started the initiative in a bid to eradicate hunger. “We have over 20 chapters and have impacted several people with our work. We also initiated activities like mass cooking, cooking marathons, breastfeeding awareness drives,” Sneha, who works with volunteers mostly from abroad, wrote on Modi’s Twitter account.

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Malvika Iyer survived a gruesome bomb blast at the age of 13 that blew off her hands and severely damaged her legs. “Giving up is never an option. Forget your limitations and take on the world with confidence and hope,” she wrote on the prime minister’s handle. Iyer is a motivational speaker, disability activist and a model.

Arifa Jaan from Kashmir had always dreamt of reviving the traditional crafts of Kashmir as, according to her, this was a means to empower local women. “I saw the condition of women artisans and so I began working to revise namda craft …When tradition meets modernity, wonders can happen. I experienced this in my work. It is designed to suit the modern day market,” she wrote.

Introducing herself, Kalpana Ramesh, a water conservator said “be a warrior but of a different kind. Be a water warrior”. “Small efforts can make a big impact … Contribute by using water responsibly, harvesting rainwater, saving lakes, recycling used water and creating awareness,” she wrote.

Vijaya Pawar promotes handicrafts from the Banjara community of rural Maharashtra. “I have been working on this for the last two decades and have been assisted by a thousand more women,” she wrote.

Kalavati Devi of Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh collected money to build toilets. She said if you want to achieve something, do not look back and ignore the bitter words of people. “The place where I used to live, had filth all around. But there was a strong belief that through cleanliness we can change this situation. I decided to convince people. Collected money to build toilets,” she said.

Veena Devi of Munger in Bihar proved that where there is will, there is a way. She did not allow lack of space to create hurdles in her plan to cultivate mushrooms and grew the crop under her bed. “Everything can be achieved by will. My real recognition came from cultivating one kilo of mushrooms under the bed. This not only made me self-sufficient, but gave a new life by increasing my confidence,” she said.

(With inputs from agencies)

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