NITI Aayog presents the 2nd edition of Women Transforming India – celebrating women who are breaking the glass ceiling

Mar 8, 2017

8 March, New Delhi: On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2017, NITI Aayog, in partnership with the UN in India and MyGov, presents the second edition of Women Transforming India, an online contest to celebrate women achievers, leaders and change makers from across the country.   


Women Transforming India was launched in 2016 as an effort to bring attention to successful stories of change realised by women at the grassroots level, within communities. Twelve exceptional women, including a 104-year-old from rural Chhattisgarh, who sold her goats to build a toilet in her village or a widow from Himachal Pradesh fighting for the rights of widows and deserted women, were awarded with certificates of appreciation to acknowledge their phenomenal work in transforming societies.


NITI Aayog’s 15-year vision document also proposes key reforms to enable and encourage women’s workforce participation across sectors in India. This is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goal 5, Gender Equality), whose adoption into policy-making is being steered by NITI Aayog.


This year, NITI Aayog once again aims to recognise those women in India’s workforce who are ‘breaking the glass ceiling’ and affecting positive change in their communities to further the Government of India’s mission of inclusive economic growth.


We are seeking entries in two categories:


  1. Short video and photo contest on Women Breaking Gender Stereotypes: This can be a homemade video shot on a mobile phone. Both photos and videos are to be accompanied with a short caption of less than 50 words, capturing the story of the woman.
  2. Written entries of women in the workforce: We encourage stories of women across sectors, irrespective of their educational qualifications, working in non-traditional occupations, as well as women who are working to empower other women, their neighbourhoods and societies, in any way. Stories should not exceed 500 words.

Entries must be submitted online: on or before 1 May 2017. A shortlist of the 10 best entries by a jury will be put to poll on After the top three entries are determined, a jury constituted by NITI Aayog will pick the  final winning entry. 


‘Women Transforming India’ another example of the government’s deep commitment to advancing gender equality. The government’s many interventions, including Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, are testimony to its resolve to empower and educate girls, and to tackle discrimination and violence against girls and women.





The theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March 2017, focuses on “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. This advances the Government of India’s commitment to ensure gender parity in India, with special focus on women’s economic empowerment.

For more details on Women Transforming India 2016, log onto:


General Guidelines

  • Participants must be at least 18 years of age as on 1 January 2017.
  • This is an individual participation contest and team entries are not be allowed. Participants must be citizens of India and registered users of MyGov.
  • Written entries must be in the form of short essays/write-ups, preferably accompanied by photographs. The written essays should be in either English or Hindi, and no more than 500 words.
  • All videos and photographs should be accompanied by an explanatory caption in English or Hindi not exceeding 50 words.
  • Entries can be submitted by women who are the agents of change, or by those personally or professionally associated with the changemaker. Entries must clarify who among the two is making the submission. In the latter case, full contact details (including address and phone number) of the woman leading the initiative must be provided.
  • Government of India (GoI) will have the copyright on all the entries submitted. By submitting an entry, the Participant(s) agree(s) to transfer the intellectual property rights to GoI.
  • The Participant(s) represent(s) and warrant(s) that he/ she will comply with all applicable Indian laws. The Participant(s) shall not disclose and/or use any information, if doing so is in violation of an obligation of antitrust law and/ or confidentiality.
  • GoI reserves the right to reject any entry based on its discretion.
  • By registering for participation in the Contest, the Participant(s) warrant that: a. They have complied with these Entry conditions b. Their entry is original; c. Their entry does not infringe any Intellectual Property Rights of any third party; d. Any current employer and/or learning institution that the participant is employed by or enrolled with would have no claim on the entry developed and submitted.
  • Participants must not provide any false information in the registration process.
  • Participants must keep their contact information accurate and up-to-date.
  • GoI reserves the right to cancel or amend all or any part of the competition and/ or the rules without notice for any event that is within the reasonable control of GoI.
  • Any changes to the rules, or cancellation of the competition, will be posted on the Contest page on MyGov portal. It is the responsibility of the participants to keep themselves informed as to any changes to the rules.
  • GoI accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss or injury of any kind suffered by any participant in entering the Competition, including as a result of any participant winning or not winning any prize.
  • The GoI will not be held responsible if the participants are not able to upload their entries on MyGov portal before the last date & time of submission for any reason whatsoever.
  • All prizes are non-transferable.


Evaluation Criteria

  • All entries will have to be submitted on or before Monday, 1 May 2017.
  • For video/photo: 50 percent weightage will be given to the content (the individual’s ‘story’) and 50 percent to the quality of the visual
  • Written entries will be judged for the effort taken/challenges overcome by the woman and demonstration of determination/leadership in entering the workforce
  • A shortlist of about 10 best entries in each of the two categories will be put to poll, in order to determine top three entries in both categories.
  • The winning entry in each category will be determined by a Jury set up by the NITI Aayog.
  • The women changemakers will be felicitated in the Women Transforming India Award ceremony that will tentatively take place in June. Where the nominee is not the change agent, the nominee will receive a certificate of appreciation from NITI Aayog, MyGov and the UN in India. They may also be given an opportunity to interact directly with top policymakers of the Government of India.
Contact information

Amrah Ashraf

Digital Media Officer - Communications
55, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi – 110003
Tel:  +91-11-46532319

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