As a culmination of the #MGChangemakers campaign, MG Motor India and The Better India have organized a joint session with 6 women changemakers and Nandita Das, noted actor and social activist, and UN Women India; to encourage more women to get inspired and bring about a positive change in the society. The event, which took place in Mumbai further highlighted the bravado efforts of these women trailblazers.
During the past six weeks, MG Motor India has successfully highlighted the incredible work that six Indian women have done for marginalised communities and those that find themselves at the fringes.
The event was aimed at bringing the much-deserved media attention on the efforts of the extraordinary women featured in the campaign – Noted transgender activist Kalki Subramaniam; Padma Shri awardee Sudha Varghese; women-led rural banking pioneer Chetna Sinha; India’s youngest sarpanch Jabna Chauhan; Dr. Rani Bang; and the founder of North-East Network (NEN), Monisha Behal. Along with them, the event was graced by actor, director and activist Nandita Das as the Chief Guest. The event saw a stimulating panel discussion moderated by Tanaya Singh, Deputy Editor, The Better India. Pallavi Singh, the Head of Marketing for MG Motor India and Nishtha Satyam – Deputy Country Representative, UN Women MCO for India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka were amongst the other participants.
Along with the 6 featured changemakers, many other women who have been doing exemplary work in the fields of social growth and development were also a part of the Unconference.
In keeping with the theme of the campaign, the panel discussion focussed on equal access for women to education, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes. The deliberations focussed on how these are rights that not only benefit women but benefit humanity at large. By investing in the empowerment of women, the panellists discussed, the country makes gains on the alleviation of poverty and fuels sustainable economic growth as well.
Speaking at the event, Chief Guest, Nandita Das said, “I am happy to support the campaign #MGChangemakers that highlights the impact that women are making within their communities. The MG Changemakers Unconference is bringing together a number of accomplished women leaders from diverse fields to celebrate their achievements in helping build a more inclusive, innovative and equal India. I hope that this initiative empowers and inspires other woman to follow their truths and speak out for themselves and their communities.”
Nishtha Satyam, Deputy Country Representative, UN Women MCO for India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka said, “UN Women has pledged its support to the #MGChangemakers campaign as it is based on the same set of values and aspirations that our organisation has been working towards. We are pleased with the kind of response that the campaign has garnered and how it has actually generated conversations about the impact that women are capable of creating in communities and how they can inspire, get inspired and turn that inspiration into impact.”
Pallavi Singh, Head Marketing, MG Motor India Pvt Ltd, said, “The Unconference celebrates the success of the #MGChangemakers campaign in turning the spotlight on these credit-worthy ladies who have been working at the grassroots level, creating unimaginable impact and have yet remained behind the scenes. Our vision behind the campaign was to highlight their extraordinary spirit and drive home the point that strong women build nations through their peerless grit and determination.”
Tanaya Singh, Deputy Editor – The Better India, said, “At our publication, the focus has always been on impactful storytelling. By joining hands with MG Motor India, we have been able to take this vision a step forward through the #MGChangemakers campaign and enhance the reach and appeal of the inspiring stories of 6 women catalysts of change in India. We are thrilled at how successful this campaign has been and this Unconference which has brought together more empowering women along with members of the press is the perfect culmination of this initiative.”