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Women Transforming India Awards 2019

Women Entrepreneurship Platform, a flagship initiative of NITI Aayog, has announced the fourth edition of Women Transforming India (WTI) Awards, which is being organised in collaboration with the United Nations.


This year’s theme is ‘Women and Entrepreneurship’. WTI Awards seek to recognise women entrepreneurs who are challenging the status quo and breaking stereotypes through businesses and enterprises that are providing innovative developmental solutions to build a dynamic New India.




Women Transforming India Awards 2018

Women Transforming India (WTI) Awards is one of the flagship events of NITI Aayog, launched in 2016 as an online contest.  And organized in partnership with United Nations. The idea behind WTI Awards is to award and showcase exceptional women entrepreneurs who have broken the glass ceiling and have challenged stereotypes through businesses, enterprises, and initiatives that provide innovative solutions to address key development challenges and/or impact communities.


The campaign recognizes women, who are flag bearers of the next wave of innovations and aims to connect them with potential business opportunities, through NITI Aayog’s Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP), a unified access portal to help women realise their entrepreneurial aspirations.


2018 saw the third edition of the awards, receive an overwhelming number of nominations — more than 2500, demonstrating an exceptional entrepreneurial spirit amongst women in India. Each story was screened and evaluated by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on pre-determined parameters, to create a shortlist of qualified entries. The shortlisted entries were further screened through a two-tiered process – an online jury with nine area experts and a super jury of 24 industry leaders. The super jury declared 15 winners based on their combined score. The winners were felicitated by the Hon’ble Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu at an event on 16 December, 2018 in New Delhi.


Watch interviews of winners 2018

Stories of Women Entrepreneurs  2018

Women Transforming India, 2017 - Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Women Transforming India Awards 2016

Women Transforming India, 2017 - Breaking The Glass Ceiling



The theme for International Women’s Day, 8th 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. India has taken bold steps towards creating new opportunities of job creation, entrepreneurship, skill building and access to new industries particularly ICT, through its national initiatives like Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Skill India, Make In India and Digital India.


NITI Aayog’s 15 year Vision Document, which will replace the five-year plans in India, also proposes key reforms to encourage women’s workforce participation across sector in India. This is also in line with the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals being steered by NITI Aayog.


Achieving gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls, rests upon unlocking the full potential of women in the world of work. When economies are geared towards achieving women’s rights and gender equality, the benefits, such as fairer societies and greater economic growth, accrue to everyone.


In 2016, NITI Aayog, in partnership with the United Nations India and MyGov, launched the first-ever Women Transforming India, an online contest to crowd source stories of women making a difference, in form of essays. This year again, NITI Aayog is launching the Women Transforming India campaign to recognize powerful women of India’s workforce, who are influencing positive change in their communities and furthering the Government of India’s mission of inclusive economic growth.


Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work implies not only empowering female entrepreneurs and business owners, but also recognizing women’s unpaid care, domestic work and the overwhelming majority of women in the informal economy.


This year, NITI Aayog, along with the UN in India and MyGov, launches the campaign to award inspiring women from across India through entries in two categories:

Short video and photo contest on Women Breaking Gender Stereotypes: This can be a homemade video shot on the mobile phone. Both photos and videos are to be accompanied with a short caption (not over 50 words) encapsulating the story of the woman. Written entries of women in the workforce, across sectors, irrespective of their educational qualifications. We encourage stories of women working in non-traditional occupations and women who are working to empower other women, their neighborhoods/society in anyway. (Stories should not exceed 500 words.)



Stories of Courage, Inspiration & Change



Women Transforming India Awards 2016: Celebrating Women Change Makers



On International Women’s Day 2016, NITI Aayog, in partnership with MyGov and the United Nations in India, launched the first-ever ‘Women Transforming India’, an online contest to crowdsource stories of women making a difference, in form of essays.


Women Transforming India was launched with the aim to celebrate the indomitable spirit of women working tirelessly to empower communities and transform India. The campaign is also consistent with the government’s renewed commitment to advance gender equality. The many interventions, including Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Sukanya Samridhi Yojana and Janani Suraksha Yojana are testimony to its resolve to empower its girls and women, and tackle discrimination.


Launched on 8 March, the contest was hosted on and ran till 15 April. The contest was supported by an extensive outreach campaign, including social media - #WomenTransform, print ads in local newspapers, talks on MyGov, posters and more. A number of prominent individuals including Smriti Irani, Minister of Textiles, Dr Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog; Saina Nehwal, Olympic medalist in Badminton, Sania Mirza, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Aishwarya Dhanush, UN Women Advocate for Gender Equality, Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator delivered special messages in support of the campaign, which were shared extensively on social media.


Stories came pouring in…

The campaign received nearly 1,000 entries of exceptional girls and women across India who are breaking new ground by empowering themselves or others. After a rigorous process of shortlisting, 25 stories were put to poll on MyGov to select the top 12 stories. 


A high-powered jury comprising of Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog; Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog; Yuri Afanasiev, UN Resident Coordinator; Chanda Kochhar, CEO, ICICI Bank; Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairman, Biocon and Gaurav Dwivedi, CEO, MyGov also ranked each of the 25 stories. 

Finally, 12 winners were declared based on the combined score of the jury and the online poll. 


Winners of Women Transforming India, 2016