"I was not a victim, nor will I be and nor will I allow anyone else to be -- that’s my pledge today at the MAKERS India launch." - Laxmi Agarwal, Founder, Stop Sale Acid
“We (women) don’t want to rule. We want to be equal." - Radhika Apte, Actress
"We need men to stand behind women, but more importantly, we need women to stand behind women and successful women to stand behind successful women."- Shereen Bhan, Managing Editor, CNBC TV18
“In sports, when we win, we are congratulated. When we lose, no one bothers about us. I live by this credo, Pull me down, I will come back stronger.” - Dutee Chand, Professional Sprinter & National Champion
These are some of the pledges taken by celebrities at the star-studded launch of MAKERS India, held in New Delhi. Known faces such as Radhika Apte, Dutee Chand, Laxmi Agarwal, Shereen Bhan, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, super-cop Chayya Sharma and Shradha Sharma of YourStory were all a part of this glitzy event.
The inaugural event launched the campaign #OurTimeIsNow. MAKERS India will power this campaign that urges Indians to take a stand and collectively raise their voices, both online and offline, to accelerate the women’s movement in India. #OurTimeIsNow will amplify the voices of women breaking down cultural and societal barriers. It will give a powerful voice to women who have till now gone unheard or not had the opportunities to make bolder choices.
MAKERS India will be the gateway to powerful stories from trailblazing women in the country, influencing a narrative that can drive real impact and change.
The launch comes at a pivotal moment in the women’s movement in India, championing issues like gender equality and inclusivity in the workplace. Through visual storytelling, podcasts, live events, documentaries and award-winning digital content, MAKERS India will lead conversations that nurture an inclusive, empowered community of women in the country.
Launched by Verizon Media, home to widely-used consumer brands like Yahoo Cricket, Yahoo Mail and HuffPost India has launched MAKERS India, it follows the success of MAKERS, a digital and video storytelling platform, that has accelerated the women’s movement in the US.
As it expands its footprint, MAKERS India has entered a strategic partnership with start-up media platform YourStory to help connect the MAKERS India community with women changemakers both online and on the ground.
(Edited by Khristina Jacob)