BBC has announced 100 inspirational and influential women for 2018 from all across the world. The list also includes three Indian women. Here are the Indian women whose name appeared on that list.
Indian women whose name appeared on BBC list
She is a 50 years old activist from Kozhikode, Kerala. A tailor by profession, Viji Penkoottu is known for her efforts to secure better working conditions for the female workers in the unorganised sector. The lady started social work at the age of 22 and later took up issues concerning women in the unorganised sector. She led a four-year-long agitation for providing a better and comfortable working environment to the women employees. Her agitation forced the Kerala Government to amend the laws in the state. According to the amendment, employers are bound to provide a convenient working place for female workers.
While giving an interview to HuffPost India, Viji said,
“I am very happy about being on the list. I think this shows that these basic demands that we fight for here are issues that women around the world face.”Source: HuffPost India
Rahibai Soma Popere
Another Indian woman whose name comes in that list is Rahibai Soma Popere. Rahibai who is basically from Kombhalne village of Ahmednagar district, Maharastra, is an expert in agro-biodiversity and paddy cultivation. She works hard to conserve indigenous seed varieties. Rahibai has also designed her water harvesting structures on farms. She further turned two acres of wasteland into productive land and started making money from the vegetables she grew there.
Rahibai now trains other farmers and students on seed selection, pest management techniques and soil fertility improvement. Her contributions do not end here. She has also established a seed bank to supply farmers with seedlings of native crops, encouraging them to switch to native varieties. The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research has honoured her with the title ‘Seed Mother’ for her efforts and contributions to the society.
Meena Gayen is the third woman whose name comes on that BBC list. She belongs to such a village which has tidal rivers and estuaries. This makes it challenging to construct permanent roads there. Meena Gayen, with the help of other women has worked in Sunderbans delta to build a brick road in their village. Her efforts have made their area to connect with other vital routes.
Needless to say, these women deserve to be on the “100 Women 2018” list released by the BBC. They are surely showing us a way forward through their little but significant efforts.