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Government to recognize 100 most influential women with Facebook

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The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) in collaboration with Facebook has launched a programme to find out the 100 most influential women in India, on Tuesday.

This ‘#100women initiative’ is focusing on the women who have actually made a difference in the society with their works. Through the social media platform, this initiative would allow people to nominate their choices for the 100 most influential women of India.

Starting from Wednesday, June 15, people can visit the ministry’s Facebook page and nominate the women who have made a useful impact in the community, across the country.

People can submit their nominations on the ministry’s Facebook page till September 30. The voting will be starting on November 7 on the top 200 recommendation, which will be determined by a jury.

According to an official, few eminent personalities like actor Amitabh Bachchan, Anushka Sharma, Deepika Padukone along with cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli are requested by the WCD minister to support this programme and help it by nominating a woman who, they think, have made a fruitful impact in others’ lives.

People are also asked to use the other social media platform to spread the message and encourage others to join the initiative by posting their nominations.

Speaking about the ‘#100women initiative’, the WCD minister, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi said, “We have all had women in our lives who’ve made a difference, who have changed the course of our own lives, who’ve left a mark on the entire community and changed it for the better.”

She also asked the people to share videos on social media on why the woman they have nominated should be among the 100 most influential women.

Ankhi Das, Director of Public Policy in South and Central Asia at Facebook appreciated the initiative taken by the government. She said that she is delighted to have this opportunity to celebrate and recognize the women in India. “Millions of people come on to Facebook every day to talk about things that matter most to them. This is a great opportunity for us to celebrate women who have made a difference in our communities.”, she told the press.

The women will be felicitated by the President around the next year’s Republic day.

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