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Bajaj Allianz’s Jiyo Befikar Women is running a poll on ‘The Most Inspirational Working Women 2012’. The finalists include 9 participants from various fields and showcasing different achievements. There are also two special mentions who did not qualify for the contest but have been featured because they deserved recognition too.
Each of these 11 women has a story of personal glory, ranging from extreme sporting triumphs to overcoming a health condition to give back to society. A lot of the women have broken ground in areas that are traditionally seen to be men’s forte. Others juggle parallel lives with multiple interests, activities and jobs, all with aplomb, being poster girls for womanhood’s multi-tasking abilities.
The nominees are:
1. Annam Suresh, Kolkata
Development Journalist whose work covers commercial sex workers.
2. Urvashi Patole, Bangalore
Creator of Bikerni, India’s only all-women biking association & social media executive
3. Anu Vaidyanathan, Bangalore
India’s only woman triathlete (extreme sport combining athletics, biking and swimming) who also runs Pat & Marks IPR Consulting
4. Sucheta Kadethankar, Pune
The only Indian woman to trek across Gobi desert (1680 km). Also a Symantech employee
5. Chandersuta Dogra
Avid car rallyist and Outlook magazine editor
6. Yogita Rajgandhi, Mumbai
Consulting Opthalmologist, Teacher, National co-ordinator for 120 colleges
7. Deepali Joshi
Dentist who has cycled all the way to the highest motorable road in the world
8. Yogita Salvi
Office Administrator, Ruia college who conducts nationalism drives among students
9. Farah Ghadiali
Musician and Events marketing manager at NCPA
The special mentions are:
Archana Achyutan, Chennai
Cerebral palsy survivor and founder of Sampurn Counselling Center
Rakhee Mehra, Delhi
Founder, Frontfoot Sports Management
The contest is being judged based on an open vote and a special jury including Deepa Malik, a paraplegic rally driver who holds multiple Limca Book records. She represents India in the London Paralympics 2012. The jury also includes Mrs Roopa Kocchar and Mrs Anamika Rashtrawar, both successful Bajaj Allianz employees.
On Saturday, 28 April 2012, the award will be announced. During the event, all the nominees will be part of a panel discussion, which will be broadcast live. In addition, the panel will also take questions from Twitter that are hashtagged #jiyobefikarwomen. The best tweets will receive special prizes.
I’m going to be covering the event on Twitter so watch my tweets and also the hashtag stream #jiyobefikarwomen. You can also send in your questions & comments on this and I’ll be sure to pass them on.