International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8th March and it is a day to honor and look up to all the women from all walks of life .Be it a celebrity , an athlete, a working woman ,a home maker , a mother, a sister ,a wife , a friend or a daughter. Yes I agree, womanhood should be celebrated not just for one day but almost every single day ,however International Women’s Day is a day of empowerment that makes women feel even more special.
On March 4th, a social networking group called Gurgaon Moms hosted the third Mom Achievers Summit in Gurgaon to celebrate , honor and empower its members. Around 200 plus woman members who were mostly moms along with some esteemed delegates and speakers attended this event and I was honored and privileged to be a part of it too . With the slogan of Mom Sure Can, this summit was truly a tribute to all the mothers who are not just the back bone of the family but also are successful entrepreneurs, working women or aspire to be one so that can contribute more to the society .
The Mom Achievers Summit started with the welcome address by Neela Kaushik ,the founder of Gurgaon Moms . It was followed by an enriching and soul-stirring talk about Inner Peace-Inner Power by Sister Shivani, a renowned spiritual leader and inspirational speaker . There were also a few panel discussions that were very engaging as well informative . From gender-equality at home to Positive Parenting in today’s age , a lot was discussed in these sessions by esteemed panelists and speakers . The summit was not just about serious talks and the idea was to celebrate women power so there was Anshu Mor in the house whose stand-up comedy is par excellence. He was also the emcee for the day and he kept the audience enthralled and entertained.
Since women are known to multi-task and the Gurgaon Moms community has many established as well as budding momprenuers , there was an ‘Elevator Pitch’ contest that was conducted for them. The finals took place in the summit where the 10 finalists got 2 minutes to pitch their business idea to the panelists that consisted of investors as well as business mentors . The idea behind this was to create an opportunity for the potential mom entrepreneurs to get support and guidance from the investors to help them achieve their dreams. The winners took away great prizes and also the opportunity to take their venture to the next ‘big’level.
The Mom Achievers Summit also got the support from many established sponsors , investors , mentors and panelists Mr Vikas Bagaria-Founder PeeSafe , Ms Shilpa Sharma – Founder Jaypore , Naiyya Saggi –CEO & Founder ,BabyChakra ,Shubha Shekhar –Director ,Coca Cola to name a few The event was a great way to celebrate womanhood and all the attendees felt happy and enriched at the end of it.I'm sure many more such enriching events would be organized by the Gurgaon Moms Team .
Women's Day would be celebrated tomorrow and women across the globe are achieving greater heights with the help and support of many .However ,there are millions of women who need to be empowered in order to break from the shackles of societal pressure and norms. Women safety is the need of the hour and we all have work together in order to create a safe and secure environment for all. This is only possible when we train, equip and empower women to take of their own self and not always depend on others for the same . Also, the government needs to work on stricter laws and punishments for crime against women in order to curb them.
“You can do almost everything
You put your mind to.
You can swim the deepest ocean,
And climb the highest peak!
You can face the adversity
And still walk dauntless.
You are strong, beautiful and compassionate
Much more than words could ever say.
Today is yours as any other day!
Happy Women's Day”