A challenged world is an alert world. When we choose to challenge established myths, we create a more open space for dialogue and growth. This International Women’s Day, we are talking to inspiring voices that will shed light on the power of inciting change by choosing to challenge and speak up on gender inequality.

I #ChooseToChallenge

By Building Communities

Time: 2 PM IST

The last decade has seen a massive growth in women-centric communities. These networks reach women across economic divides, social stigmas and ageist stereotypes. And create safe spaces where women can speak up, fight prejudice, find guidance and new opportunities for growth. In this session, we explore the central role of women communities in building a more gender equal world.

Meet the Speakers:

Mandy Sanghera

International Human Rights Activist, Creator of Empowerment Hour

Mandy is an award-winning philanthropist, consultant and global campaigner. Over the last three decades, she has driven innovation, strategic partnerships, advocacy and programming across the globe in the areas of human rights, gender equality, accountability and social justice. Mandy has helped hundreds of individuals and now reaches thousands through her social media and worldwide TV appearances & speaking engagements. She runs the “Empowerment Hour”, where she holds regular conversations with women leaders from across the globe.

Renu Shah

Founder, Shakti-The Empathy Project (STEP)

Renu is the founder of Shakti – the empathy project – an incubation programme founded in 2019 for women entrepreneurs in the early stage of their start-ups working towards finding solutions to social problems. She also co-founded Project Pehal, a collaborative model to improve learning outcomes in government schools. Prior to that she led the Changemaker Schools' program for South Asia for Ashoka- Innovators for the Public. She has a long and dedicated background in the development sector primarily focused towards the education of underprivileged children.

Amit Jain

Co-Founder, Mitti Ke Rang

Amit co-founded Mitti Ke Rang which is a social venture working towards generating livelihood for women.

Eika Chaturvedi Banerjee

Founder & CEO Eikam Resonance

Eika is the Founder and CEO of Eikam, a wisdom company from India for the world. She was formerly the CEO of Future Learning & has 21 years of rich business and entrepreneurship experience which she has coupled with certifications as a Leadership Coach, a Mythologist and a Chevening Gurukul Fellow from the University of Oxford.

I #ChooseToChallenge

By Being a Trailblazer

Time: 3 PM IST

Meet the women who are shattering gender stereotypes in their fields by going where no woman has gone before. When female role models challenge the status quo, it creates opportunities and aspirations for millions more to break new ground. Get inspired with the stories of these “trailblazers” who battled the odds to redefine the representation of women in their fields.

Meet the Speakers:

Anju Mangla

Deputy Secretary, Services Department, Govt. of Delhi

Anju Mangla became the first woman superintendent who took charge of the high security man's prison in Tihar jail. She served Prison Department from September 2013 as Superintendent Prison, women jail and took charge of the male jail for young offenders from July 2016 till November 2018.

Sunil Dabas

National Kabaddi Coach

Sunil Dabas is a coach for the national female Kabbadi team of India. Over the years, she has coached her team to win eight international gold medals, including the 2010 Asian Games and the World Cup-2012. Sunil Dabas is the first woman kabaddi coach to win Dronacharya Award in 2012 and Padma Shri in 2014 by Government of India.

Devika Malik

Para-athlete, Queen's Young Leader Awardee

An international para-athlete, counsellor and co-founder of the Wheeling Happiness Foundation, Devika Malik is a resounding global voice in the sphere of inclusivity for people with physical, emotional and social challenges. Born with hemiplegia, a condition that causes paralysis to one side of the body, Devika developed a sensitised world view from early on. She not only overcame her disability to become an international para-athlete but has also become an inspirational role model through her work and the first Indian woman with a disability to feature in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list.

Shivani Kaushik

Curator, Josh Talks

A writer and conversationist at heart, Shivani has always focussed on crafting stories that connect. Her passion for stories made her join the advertising space where she began her professional career as a Digital Marketing Strategist creating engaging brand narratives. She found her calling in enabling conversations around stories of individual achievements driven by faith and belief. And now works as a curator for Josh Talks, India’s fastest-growing vernacular platform. Shivani is also vocal about mental health issues and aims to build and drive a sustained conversation around the same through poetry and prose.

I #ChooseToChallenge

By Being an Ally

Time: 4 PM IST

“It’s a Collaboration, not a Competition”
No conversation about gender equality is complete without addressing both the sexes. While female voices seek amplification, the male voice and gaze also continues to evolve towards a more gender equal world. This evolution is rooted in honestly questioning one’s own biases and beliefs towards exploring what inclusion really means to each of us. We talk to writer and mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik on nurturing the mindset of an ally by being a collaborator over a competitor.

Meet the Speakers:

Devdutt Pattanaik

Author, Mythologist and Belief, Leadership & Culture Consultant

Devdutt Pattanaik writes on relevance of mythology in modern times. Trained in medicine, he worked for 15 years in the healthcare and pharma industries before he plunged full time into his passion. Author of 50 books and 1000 columns, several with bestsellers, he is known for his TED talks, his TV shows especially Devlok, and his innovative views on culture, leadership and Indian approach to management.



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