About The Campaign
International Women’s Day is a global day aimed at celebrating the passion, commitment and achievements of Women Talent. Pragati Leadership brings to you, ‘IT'S ME’, a special initiative for celebrating, ‘The Spirit of Womanhood’.
Let the whole world know what makes you a Powerful women. Send us your inspiring stories, blogs, Vlogs and Picture before 8th.March.2019. These best ones will get featured on this page.
Anu Aga is a resilient and gentle person, a caring mother, a tough business person, a powerful and yet an unassuming person. Very rarely we come... Read More
Anu Aga is a resilient and gentle person, a caring mother, a tough business person, a powerful and yet an unassuming person. Very rarely we come across leaders who have this rare ability to skillfully balance the various odds which life throws.
Enduring multiple personal losses in a span of one year can be devastating for any person. When a storm so ruthless comes your way, it takes very powerful roots to stand your ground. Anu is a person who has demonstrated the power of Spirit, of human resolve and the practicality of handling challenging business issues. Amongst all the chaos, she has battled on like a “Peaceful Warrior”. She radiates the compassion of an evolved and noble soul.
Anu Aga began her career in Thermax in 1985 and later was in charge of the company’s Human Resources function from 1991 to 1996. After her husband Rohinton Aga passed away, she took over as executive Chairperson of the Thermax Group in February 1996, and two years later became non-executive Chairperson. After stepping down from this position in October 2004, she continues as Director on the Thermax Board.
As Chairperson, Anu turned around the company and helped transform it into a high-performance organisation with a bigger presence in international markets, and a turnkey player in energy/environment projects. There is no split in her mind between Business and Social Responsibility. The very nature of Business has to lead to happier people and a more sustainable planet.
After handing over the baton to her daughter Meher, she has tirelessly worked for various social causes.
She is on the Board of Teach for India, an initiative that attempts to bridge the inequity gap in education. She was awarded the Mumbai Women of the Decade Achievers Award by All Ladies League, the all ladies wing of ASSOCHAM.
She was awarded Padma Shri in 2010 for social work by the Government of India and also nominated to Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of Indian Parliament by President Pratibha Patil.
Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom, known to millions as Mary Kom, is an Indian Olympic boxer from Manipur. She is the only woman to become World Amat... Read More
Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom, known to millions as Mary Kom, is an Indian Olympic boxer from Manipur. She is the only woman to become World Amateur Boxing champion for a record six times, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the seven world championships. Nicknamed Magnificent Mary, she is the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, competing in the flyweight (51 kg) category and winning the bronze medal. She had also been ranked as No. 1 AIBA World Women's Ranking Light Flyweight category. She became the first Indian woman boxer to get a Gold Medal in the Asian Games in 2014 at Incheon, South Korea and is the first Indian woman boxer to win gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
On 26 April 2016, Kom was nominated by the President of India as a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament. In March 2017, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, appointed Mary Kom along with Akhil Kumar as national observers for boxing. Mary Kom won the Gold Medal In Asian Boxing Championship. She defeated Kim Hyang-miof North Korea in the title match.
After her sixth world title, the Government of Manipur has conferred on her the title “Meethoi Leima” (loosely translated as great or exceptional lady) in a felicitation ceremony held at Khuman Lampak Sports Complex in Imphal on 11th December, 2018. At the function, CM N. Biren Singh also declared that the stretch of road leading to the Games Village in Imphal West district, where Kom currently resides, would be named as 'MC Mary Kom Road'.
She was awarded the World Boxing championship title five times and is the only woman boxer in the world to have won a medal in each of the six world championships she participated in.
For her contribution to sports, the Indian government bestowed her with a number of awards, including the Arjuna Award in 2003, Padma Shree in 2006 and Padma Bhushan in 2013.India’s iron lady is one of the top sportswomen and will remain a proud mentor to boxing lovers forever.
Major General Madhuri Kanitkar, AVSM, VSM, MBBS, MD (Paediatrics), DNB (Paediatrics), Fellowship Paediatric Nephrology, FIAP, Fellow FAIMER is O... Read More
Major General Madhuri Kanitkar
Major General Madhuri Kanitkar, AVSM, VSM, MBBS, MD (Paediatrics), DNB (Paediatrics), Fellowship Paediatric Nephrology, FIAP, Fellow FAIMER is One lady, leading multiple roles from the front. She has achieved what very few have in a field that is male-dominated.
Despite having traversed throughout her life, she successfully took care of multiple roles from Army officer to a doting wife, caring mother or a dean of AFMC. During all these roles she always had support from her husband, children, parents, in-laws and family. Her leadership is an inspiration for many women in the world. She is the first trained paediatric nephrologist of the armed forces and has single-handedly set up units to monitor kidney ailments in Pune and Delhi.
She used her earned leaves and short fellowships to work at All India Institute of Medical Sciences. She is trained in Singapore and the UK to set up ambulatory dialysis for children. Now, she is training the new generation by becoming the first woman Dean of AFMC. She is dedicated to taking AFMC to new milestones by inculcating research, innovation, strong counsellor cell (UMANG) and new initiative like crèche. She is also committed to bringing balance between training, academics and extra-curricular.
Her precision of thought and determination shines throughout her journey and vision. Being one of the very few to have achieved what she has.
Nisha A Bhatia Associate Director PwC
It is a privilege to be born as a woman and play many roles professionally and personally from be...
Nisha A Bhatia
It is a privilege to be born as a woman and play many roles professionally and personally from being a daughter to a mother, wife, daughter-in-law, a Corporate Woman and many more. Each of these roles completes me as an individual but brings in its own set of responsibilities. And the art of juggling between these varied roles while striking a balance actually keeps my life moving ahead.
Balancing many roles can get pressurizing if one gets lost in looking good or strive hard to win the title of being the BEST. I choose to focus on the journey and do my best and be kind to self. I believe as a woman, we have to bring in sensitivity, responsibility, and diversity to every place we belong to. But even before I step into any of these roles I first choose to awaken myself to energize and empower my world.
Like everyone in this journey I too had many challenges. There were times when I felt it’s all over, but I still kept going. The only important thing at every stage is to ensure that you never quit so that you gain varied experiences which help you grow as an individual.
As one continues to evolve, there is this one stage of this instant transformation after which life suddenly appears very simple - you realize that everyone is an extension of self and it then becomes very easy to just be yourself without any pretentions or fear of being judged. This gives the freedom to live life without any fears and insecurities.
You understand that changes are only the constant in this fast-changing world; you are able to accept life 'as is' as it comes to you without complaining.
Through my journey, I have learnt that one needs to be always at peace with oneself and that happens only through leading with good intent, authenticity, and integrity. It is my constant endeavor to make a difference and bring more smile and happiness to all in my ecosystem as a Women Leader. I have learnt to bless more, thank more, be kind, compassionate and empathetic in all my transactions. I continue to invest in enhancing professional skill sets, improving my health, spend quality with my family, and moving ahead on my spiritual path to anchor myself and feel motivated.
On this international women’s day I convey lots of best wishes and good luck to everyone in their quest to discover 'self' and thereafter become a better version of 'self'.
Anu Wakhlu Chairperson and Executive Director at Pragati Leadership Women are approximately 50% o...Read More
She is the Real Shero
Chairperson and Executive Director at Pragati Leadership
Women are approximately 50% of the world’s population and therefore should be in a position of tremendous power, responsibility across all sectors. Women should be in major decision-making and influencing roles. Whether to sanction sanctions on another country, or create policy changes in the nation or be part of the merger/demerger decisions, they should be in a position to opine and to execute the same.
There is no question that we have seen tremendous change in the “breaking of the glass-ceiling “over the last 30 years in this. We have a woman Defence Minister and a woman Foreign Minister. We have also many women CEO’s, bureaucrats, athletes, musicians –all making a difference to the nation, the world and to their respective organizations. The question to ask is “Are they enough?”. Even today when I go to many corporations who are intrinsically liberal and forward minded, the number of women leaders in decision-making roles are limited. We still need women to come forward to play and work with their full strengths and potential so that we can create a different set of thinking paradigms which can bring about positive and inclusive change.
I think this is the reason that even today we celebrate “Women’s day”. It’s a day to remember and celebrate the contribution of women in nation-building and create a humane world. Celebrating women’s day does not on the ground change any reality for women –but it brings awareness about the strengths of women and acknowledges the same. It’s a day for women to introspect, look at their lives-their aspirations, their strengths and create plans for their future. It’s a day also for organizations to acknowledge the contributions of women and recognise them. Give them opportunities to grow. Give them challenge. Give them the platforms to perform. Recognise that women play multiple roles both at work and outside of it and have the ability to harmonize this. Be there for them.
Monika Razdan Head of Marketing at Pragati Leadership Rekha was a brilliant child. Her oozing con...Read More
Resilience is in our DNA
Head of Marketing at Pragati Leadership
Rekha was a brilliant child. Her oozing confidence and excellent eloquence would baffle anyone. Her extremely disciplined routine would inspire many in our neighbour hood. She was the most sought after friend in our group. I was super impressed by her and always wondered what made her so confident at such a young age? We hardly spoke as she studied in a different school, but finally, the day came when I met her father Col. Ram Mehra in one of our school functions. I interacted with him and we both were pleased to know that we stay in the same locality. Soon after my family and I was invited by Mehras for dinner and that's how my friendship with Rekha started.
Rekha was a complete mirror image of her father and that’s what made her different and extraordinary. We kept interacting with each other and soon we became good friends. And years passed, finally, the day came when we had to choose our higher education. Rekha always wanted to join the Armed Forces Medical College to become an army doctor. I wanted to become an Indian Air Force fighter pilot, but unfortunately in 1997 Indian Air force didn’t have a provision to commission women as fighter pilots.
Times have changed now, in June 2018, Bhawana Kanth, Mohana Singh and Avani Chaturvedi became first female Indian Air Force Fighter pilots. WOW! What an inspiration for all Indian women.
Mohana Singh, Avani Chaturvedi and Bhawana Kanth during their training at Hakimpet (from L-R) (Photo courtesy: IAF)
The headcount of women in the armed forces is upwards of 3,300, including 1,300 in the air force, but combat roles were off-limits to them until the IAF took the lead in crushing internal resistance to granting them equal opportunities.
For over a decade now, a small but successful group of women have served the Indian armed forces with distinction. Women comprise about 3% of the army and navy’s total strength, while the air force does better at 8.5%. Till date, the Indian Air Force’s women officers either served in technical and ground branches or fly transport aircraft and helicopters only.
India is now taking steps to crush all gender barriers in the armed forces to allow women to serve onboard submarines, in ground combat positions and tank units. Even the US army does not have women in infantry and armoured units.
A number of air forces around the world already have women pilots flying fighter aircraft, including in the US, Israel and Pakistan. Even North Korea has a couple of women fighter pilots, whom the country’s leader Kim Jong-un describes as “flowers of the sky.”
Bhawana Kanth, Mohana Singh and Avani Chaturvedi have changed the stereotypes and are an inspiration to all the aspiring Indian women who dream of flying a fighter jet one day and serve the country on the battlefield.
Let India see many such SHEROES in the times to come!