A Special Prize for Women’s Day 2015 contestant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Even though we announced THREE PRIZE, our judges felt one of the competition entry deserves a special prize. Hence we decided to felicitate this contestant with Conserve India’s Earring (Attached at the Bottom)

Special Prize [Conserve India’s Ear-ring ] Women’s Day 2015 Contest – Pratika Chopra

An Associate Account Strategist at Google India! She is a graduate from Shaheed Sukhdev of Business Studies is avid traveller who loves to bake cakes and pies

Safety of women : EVERY GIRL should be given a device through which she can instantly reach out to the police and her family if she is in an uncomfortable situation and help is sent to her location as soon as possible

Pratika Chopra, succinct answer and well deserved winner! And you win this earring.


Winners of Women’s Day 2015 Giveaway – Congrats Winners!!!!!!!!!!!!!

First Prize [Shopper Bag ] Winner of Women’s Day Giveaway 2015 – Udita Agarwal

Pursuing MBA at Welingkar Institute of Management and Research Mumbai! Prior to MBA, she donned the hat of Asset manager for almost 3 years. Her interest includes writing articles pertaining to HR Analytics and upcoming trends in HR industry.

Firstly, if I have the power to enforce rules I would educate children at the elementary level by bringing in gender equality subject focusing on both sexes as follows:

1) For boys- Girls are equal as boys in every aspect of life. Ill treatment to females is an offensive act. Girls/Women are not sex objects, they are as human as boys/men.(sex education in place)

2) For girls- Do not demean yourself for the sake of going ahead in life. Girls have equal rights to get educated and lead happy lives. They are not meant to stay at the mercy of men or anyone in the world.

Secondly, if I have the power I will offer grants to women in the form of free education and taking care of their livelihood so that they can stand on their own feet. This would help in putting a barrier to malpractices like women trafficking and flesh trade which encourages the women to get indulged in wrong practices that ruins their life for the sake of money.

Thirdly, starting training centers for girls/women in every city and state where they can be encouraged and trained to love themselves. Depression or Suicides are a common occurrence on small break ups and trivial fights. Training in the form of religion, faith and value creation would help them be strong and independent.

Fourthly, punishment of ‘Hang till death’ for people who indulge in rapes , molestation and other wrong practices because I believe that soul once ruined can never be healed by any government grants!

God has made ‘women’ as givers; they should not be treated as objects. No one must forget that the life of every next individual on this earth is because of a woman! Even though technology has enhanced by heaps and bounds women have lost the power to even love themselves in the race of loving and giving others.

Instead of saying to other people that “please respect women” I would give a message to women themselves “Please love and protect yourself at all times as you are the most beautiful creation of God”

Second Prize [ Sling Bag ] Winner of Women’s Day Giveaway 2015 – Sneha Mittal

An empowered modern day woman pursuing MBA at IIM-Udaipur! She is also a digital marketing enthusiast and food blogger at http://www.genesrecoded.blogspot.in

I would grant the money to something that will straighten the root of all the problems – “EDUCATION”. I believe, more than anything else, we need to concentrate on women empowerment through spreading education. This in turn will help the nation progress along with its women

Third Prize [ Cosmetic Pouch ] Winner of Women’s Day Giveaway 2015 – Sanchita Agarwal

Pursuing M.A. in Human Resource Management & Labour Relations from Tata Institute of Social Sciences! She strongly believes that women must ‘Lean In’ and empower themselves in the corporate setup

Free education for meritorious girls upto 12th standard. Education is the only solution to all economic, social woes , gives insight into political functioning , rights and duties and makes one powerful enough to stand and face everything. Investing in education is indirectly investing in all spheres. So go ahead and promote education

Heartfelt Congratulations to all of you!!!!!

Women’s Day 2015 Guest Blogger – Ms. Anita Ahuja, Creative Director, Conserve India & Conserve HRP India!!!!!!!!!!!

Women behind this empire Conserve India & Conserve HRP.  A Multifaceted personality – writer, artist, designer, Social Entrepreneur.  Most of all warm and loving person!!

Thank you Ms. Ahuja for brushing your strokes in this space.

Over to Ms. Ahuja……

The words, “make it happen” make me believe that it should be more of a mission and vision for everyone. Being a professional I have several problems. What makes me get out of bed each morning is the thought that I have to make it happen. While taking a morning walk, I make small signs on the pavement my immediate target goals and keep looking at the distant trees as my midterm goals. It includes both personal as well as professional goals. I put all my energy, physical, spiritual and mental strength behind the thought that I have to make it happen. My eyes are always looking for some interesting waste, either in the municipal stream or industrial. My mind keeps pondering about different ways to transform waste into something sell-able. There are times; I receive waste which is smelly, rather obnoxious. But I do not reject it. I let it absorb within me. My mind is ticking away, how I can recreate, re-purpose it ? When I am working with the rag pickers, I think how I get them out of this stinking poverty. After all, this is man-made poverty!! There must be a way out. And my mind says, make it happen.

Things do happen, and you need to believe in it!!!!


Women’s Day 2015 Guest Blogger – Ms. Sunita Bhasin of Swami Sivananda Memorial Institute, India!!!!!!!!!!!

Ms. Sunita Bhasin is a committed educationist, environmentalist and trainer with proven community organizing and management skills with cross functional expertise. Since 2003 she has lead SSMI family of 286 employees 90% of them are women. She has a deep understanding of community issues and a motivation to resolve them through trainings, counseling and livelihood. In these years she has turned promoted around 200 cluster women to earn with dignity. She is the Director of Swami Sivananda Memorial Institute, (SSMI)

Thank you Ms. Bhasin for honouring Conserve India & Conserve HRP with this gesture

Over to Ms. Bhasin……

The crayons in their hand, a paper in front of them and a million ideas in their minds… what should we draw, a smile lights up the young faces . The excitement, oh I have an idea is well expressed on their faces. The idea transforms on the paper!!

An artisan toils away at the fine embroidery humming softly her favorite folk song.

Women chatting & toiling at the big vessels cooking nutritious meals for children help fight mal- nutrition.

I remember in my Non-formal education class for adult literacy I handed each woman a pack of color pencils to draw whatever they wanted. One of women with tears in her eyes came and hugged me saying that she could not believe that this was for her. She told us all how she would feel guilty of using her kids’ colors and that she was very fond of painting. She created some amazing pictures for greeting cards.

I experience such moment’s every day. Little moments and little happenings light up my day.

Innumerable experiences working with women and children have enriched my life and made me realize that it is people like you and me who can make things happen – bring in joy, bring in change through small efforts though I know at that moment they seem difficult and humungous.

But how do you make it happen – identify the problem, find the right source, connect ideas, collect resources and bingo it happens.

Help educate the young and train women for livelihoods.

Women’s Day 2015 Guest Blogger – Ms. Lori Dando, USA!!!!!!!!!!!

Lori Peterson Dando is a career Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, now serving as Deputy Chief of Mission in Asmara, Eritrea.  In June 2013 she graduated from the Navy War College, earning a Master of National Defense and Strategic Studies.  From 2010-2012 she served as the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy to the Federated States of Micronesia, where she coordinated FSM’s participation in the 2011 Pacific Partnership and encouraged FSM to pass an anti-trafficking law.  Previous assignments include serving as the Deputy Head of the Community Affairs Unit of the International Civilian Office (ICO), an international organization created to supervise the Government of Kosovo as it transitioned to an independent nation.  At the ICO, she headed the office responsible for Decentralization, the core structure for integrating the Serb minority into Kosovo structures.  Other prior foreign assignments include Copenhagen, Denmark; New Delhi, India; Durban, South Africa; and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  Within the Foreign Service, Lori has specialized in economic and environmental issues, including a tour in Washington D.C. in the Bureau of Oceans, International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES).

Prior to joining the Foreign Service Lori practiced law for more than a decade, primarily as an Assistant County Attorney in Minnesota, where she also taught and published articles and training materials on contact law, the law and policy of data collections, data privacy and information policy generally.  She served as Chair of the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Geographic Information and also on the National Board of State Geographic Information Councils.

In addition to the Navy War College, she holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, and a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, and Bachelor of Arts, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Minnesota.  She is married and has two sons, one an engineer in Duluth, Minnesota and one a Foreign Service Officer in the Department of State, serving his first assignment in Abu Dhabi.

Thank you Ms. Dando for honoring Conserve India & Conserve HRP with this gesture

Over to Ms. Dando……

I was deeply honored to be asked to blog on “Make it Happen” in celebration of International Women’s Day, but I don’t see myself as a Social Change-maker.  Most days I barely see myself as an adequate bureaucrat!  I seem to waffle between two worlds……

I seem to waffle between two worlds.  In one, I focus on the minute day to day tasks.  I write out my to-do list and find satisfaction in being able to cross things off.  Sometime I put things on the list that I have already done, just to be able to cross them off!  Then there is the other world.  The big one.  The one that is so large and so problematic and so full of selfishness and yes, sometimes evil, that I don’t know where to begin.  How can I stop the glaciers from melting?  What can I do to bring peace in the world?  Where would I even start to eradicate gun violence?

Take a breath.  What is it that I really want to “make happen?”  I’ve learned in life that people are motivated by different things.  Some seek glory and honor and recognition.  Others seek comfort, friendship and a feeling of belonging.  Others, like myself, are mostly task oriented.  We like to get things done.  The key to “make it happen” then, is understanding what the goal is, and, more importantly, how I can tie your motivation to my motivation, so that we can work together.  Maybe me recycling a bottle won’t change the world.  But, what if I make you feel good about recycling by calling out your efforts or by including you in the committee?  And what if you reach out and change someone else’s opinion?  I know it is a small thing, but big things are often made up of many small parts. 

What if someone had a great idea to help people and all they needed was a bit of encouragement to get over their hesitation?  I know a woman who wanted to help women entrapped in poverty.  She had a fantastically creative idea to create beautiful products made of the trash these women picked up every day.  I remember the day Anita sat in my living room and said she didn’t know how to build a business plan.  But she did!  All I did was listen, and the rest, as they say, is history.  I am so honored and humbled to think that I played even a minuscule part of “making Conserve happen” by just listening and giving encouragement.  Sometimes it might be that simple. Other times, some might be called to make a huge sacrifice.  I don’t have any advice to give because what works for me, might not make any sense to you.  I guess that’s the point.  We each have to find our own way to make it happen.  Find the thing that you can do at this moment that will make the biggest difference.   

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”  Arthur Ashe