Today, March 8th marks over 40 years of celebrating women on International Women's Day. The significance of this day dates decades back to when women began voicing their rights for voting and better pay.
Today men and women alike are standing up for gender equality on all fronts.
In this article, we talk about five women who inspire us through their tireless work in addressing different social issues using technology.
With a vision to improve the lives of rural people, Sanchaita Gajapati Raju founded the Social Awareness Newer Alternatives (SANA). She is a trained lawyer, political scientist, media professional, and more importantly an innovative young social entrepreneur with a kind heart. Her will to assist rural lives has led her to scale up the sanitation and water infrastructure in villages. Sanchaita believes in technology and its solutions for social causes. So, her NGO SANA uses various tech tools to solve water and sanitation-related issues in rural areas.
As a Founder and Executive director of Shelter Associates(SA), a Pune-based NGO, Pratima Joshi is working towards her aim of making infrastructure and utility services accessible to the urban poor. She is an architect by profession and views things spatially. Pratima Joshi is among the earliest to adopt technology for implementing solutions in the social sector. Under the leadership of Joshi, SA uses Geographical Information System(GIS) and Google Earth for sanitation mapping, and KoBo toolbox for defining and deploying surveys for data collection.
Being the younger sister of a person with Down's Syndrome, Prachi Deo witnessed the struggle of parents of persons with Intellectual and Development Disabilities(IDD) especially the lack of information. She developed an interest in helping people with Intellectual and Development Disabilities(IDD) in the early stages of her life and founded Nayi Disha Resource Center. This platform is built on mobile and web technology to spread knowledge. Prachi and her team are now helping families of persons with IDD through community building and information resource platforms.
Prerna Mukharya believes that reliable and authentic data will make a much bigger social impact. With this belief, she founded Outline India (OI) a Gurugam-based social research firm. She feels the lack of authentic data is a major issue in the social sector and has found a solution through the use of technology. OI's 'TYM-Track your Metrics' is a web-based platform and an android application that will empower stakeholders to make data-driven decisions. Her journey as a social entrepreneur from MIT and Harvard to rural India is truly inspiring.
As a co-founder of Jana Group, Swati Ramanathan has a vision of improving the quality of life in urban India. Janagraaha is a part of the Jana Group that is committed to transforming India's cities and citizenships. She addresses various urban challenges working alongside the people and governments. Janagraaha also uses many technological platforms to expand its reach throughout the nation. Swati leads the use of technology such as social media, mobile, and web for civic participation.