The NITI Aayog conferred the Women Transforming India (WTI) awards on 75 women entrepreneurs to celebrate their contribution towards empowering India.
The award ceremony held on Monday recognised women entrepreneurs who have made their mark across sectors. The selection process spanned several months, and the 75 awardees were chosen based on nominations and through shortlisting by a search-and-select committee.
“The WTI Award celebrates the dynamic efforts of women by sharing their exemplary stories and exceptional work. From shattering social boundaries to paving the way for an equal India, these winners lead by example,” said NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant in his keynote address.
Acclaimed personalities, including Kiran Bedi, former Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry; Lakshmi Puri, former Assistant Secretary-General of UN; Dr Tessy Thomas, Director-General of Aeronautical Systems, DRDO; Arundhati Bhattacharya, former Chairperson of State Bank of India; Debjani Ghosh, President of NASSCOM; and Ila Arun, acclaimed singer, conferred the awards.
NITI Aayog Senior Adviser Anna Roy, UN Resident Coordinator in India Shombi Sharp, and Padma Shree awardee and acclaimed singer Kailash Kher were also present on the occasion.
The award ceremony is NITI Aayog’s annual initiative to recognise the admirable and innovative works of India’s women leaders and changemakers. The awards acknowledge role models who have broken glass ceilings and created a positive impact. Since 2018, the awards have been hosted under the aegis of NITI Aayog’s Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP), with a special focus on entrepreneurship.
The WEP is an aggregator portal that aims to catalyse the entrepreneurial ecosystem for women and address information asymmetry. To build a vibrant ecosystem for women-led enterprises, the platform works to strengthen industry linkages and increase awareness of existing programmes and services.
To date, more than 900 women entrepreneurs have been benefitted through 77 programmes and events hosted on the platform.