Twitter India hosts week-long celebrations to mark International Women’s Day

From #EqualPay to #MeToo, a single Tweet has the potential to turn into a worldwide movement, with women across geographies uniting in solidarity and attempting to bring about positive changes. This International Women’s Day, Twitter India is kicking off a week-long celebration of women, starting with honouring 50 rising women achievers  at the #WebWonderWomen (WWW) event in partnership with the Indian Ministry of Women and Child Development and human rights organization Breakthrough, in order to share their stories and ignite dialogues that aim to empower women across the country.

Twitter is also introducing a custom emoji to add colour to the global conversation around International Women’s Day 2019. People in India and across the world can join the celebration and Tweet with the emoji using the hashtags #नारीशक्ति, #हमसेहैहिम्मत, #महिलादिवस,, #IWD2019, #InternationalWomensDay and #SheInspiresMe. The golden emoji is the gender symbol for females and an ode to the modern woman who is courageous and expressive. The emoji will be active from 7th March until the end of the month.

Tweet with #IWD2019, #InternationalWomensDay and #SheInspiresMe to activate the special emoji


#WebWonderWomen Awards

Earlier this year, Twitter India in partnership with the Indian Ministry of Women and Child Development and human rights organization Breakthrough launched the #WebWonderWomen (WWW) campaign. With an objective to elevate women’s voices, celebrating impacts both big and small, and giving a platform for social change, the campaign called out to people to nominate their favourite Indian woman achiever with her Twitter @handle anywhere in the world.


The campaign received over 300+ inspiring entries across the following categories: Health/Fitness Community, Media, Literature, Art, Sports, Tech/STEM, Travel, Business, Legal/Policy, Governmental, Entertainment, Fashion/Beauty, Finance, Food, Environment. Shortlisting 50 entries through public voting and jury selection, Twitter felicitated these women at the #WebWonderWomen (WWW) event on March 6th, 2019. Here are the finalists:

These finalists will further be invited to present their work to Smt. Maneka Gandhi, Minister of Women and Child Development, wherein they would get a chance to narrate their journeys and how they have been using Twitter for Good. They will also get a chance to be a part of a specially curated workshop on social media skills by Breakthrough and will be profiled and featured in Q&As with Twitter India.

#SheInspiresMe Digital Mentorship series with Women leaders

Additionally, Twitter will join hands with ELLE India (@ELLEINDIA) to co-host a day-long series of digital mentorship sessions with women leaders. The series of 20-minute interactive videos will be live-streamed from @ELLEINDIA all day on March 7, and can be attended exclusively on Twitter. The video series will feature women achievers at the very top of their game sharing their trade secrets and hard-won wisdom with users, and dialoguing with them. Women leaders across fields including educationist Neerja Birla (@NeerjaBirla), restaurateur Gauri Devidayal (@gauridetails), illustrator and poet Priyanka Paul (@artwhoring), actors Kubbra Sait (@kubbrasait) and Maanvi Gagroo (@maanvigagroo), director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari (@ashwinyiyer) and internet sensation Prajakta Koli (@iamMostlySane) will present learning sessions for women in the workforce and also address questions on how women can tackle issues in the workplace, sourced through Twitter. People can interact with speakers by tagging them and using the hashtag #SheInspiresMe to get their questions answered.

Speaking about the initiative, Supriya Dravid, editor-in-chief of ELLE India said, “ELLE is all about celebrating inspiring women who make us believe in the importance of colouring outside the lines. We are so thrilled to partner with Twitter this Women’s Day. Through our collective initiative, we hope that we will be able to get an insight on how they destroy stereotypes and zoom way past glass ceilings to create their own silver linings. The force is and will always be female.”

In addition, Twitter will be hosting a panel of women leaders in the technology and media industry, in association with @SheThePeopleTV to discuss women empowerment and leadership in the digital era. The session will be live streamed on Twitter and will feature Upasana Taku, Co-founder, MobiKwik; Kavita Devi, Co-founder and Digital head, Khabar Lahariya, and Nishtha Sathyam, UN Women’s Deputy Representative; the panel will be moderated by Shaili Chopra of @SheThePeopleTV. The panel will talk about how media and tech innovation can help increase and amplify women's voices.

Join the International Women’s Day conversation and spotlight the women who inspire you with the hashtag #SheInspiresMe, and Twitter India will review and add them to the list where relevant.a


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