BBC has recently announced its list of 100 most influential women of the year from all across the world. Meet this women who have become an inspiration for the nation.

Viji Penkoottu 

A 50-year-old from Kerala’s Kozhikode, Viji Penkoottu, made her best efforts to secure better working conditions for women in the unorganized sector. She started social work at the age of 22. She was at the forefront of the ‘right to sit’ struggle waged by female shop workers in the Kerala. Talking to the media, 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 actually issues that women around the world face.”

Rahibai Soma Popere 

Rahibai Soma Popere is a self-made expert in agro-diversity and paddy cultivation hailing from Kombhalne village of Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra. Not only this, Popere has also created her own water harvesting structures for farms. With her hardworking efforts, she was able to turn two-acre of wasteland into productive land. She also teaches farmers and students on seed selection, soil fertility improvement and pest management techniques.

Meena Gayen 

36-year old, Meena Gayen has worked with women in Suderbans delta to build a brick road to make their village more accessible. Villages in this area are surrounded by estuaries and tidal rivers which makes its difficult to construct permanent road. 


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