President hosts lunch for 100 women achievers

New Delhi, Jan 22 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday hosted a lunch for 100 women achievers at Rashtrapati Bhavan on the occasion of first anniversary of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ scheme.

The achievers were selected by the ministry of women and child development in collaboration with Facebook through a nationwide contest and public nominations.

The contest namely #100Women was announced on the Facebook page of the ministry on Ju1y 15 last year through which nominations were invited in 20 categories.

Of the 474 nominations received across various categories, initially 200 women nominees were shortlisted by a jury.

The 200 shortlisted women nominees then went for public voting from December 3 to 20 and finally 100 women were selected.

These categories included access to justice protecting women and their rights; arts and culture; literature; media; commerce, industry and entrepreneurship; community mobilisation; healthcare and wellness; hygiene and sanitation; and innovation, science and technology.

The other categories included nutrition; sports; women in public life; women empowerment; agriculture and animal husbandry; animal welfare; disability and disadvantage; education; environment, forests and wildlife; globalising India and improving child sex ratio.

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