Saturday, 16 June 2018

WOMENITE – The Change Makers

 ‘Engineer by Education, Social Entrepreneur by Choice’ is what you read when you go through the Facebook and Instagram profiles of Mr. Harshit Gupta. A 22-year old youngster who completed his graduation from Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, is the founder of Womenite.

Womenite – When understood in the right sense, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be a feminist

Commenced in 2015, Womenite is a Non-Profit organisation having a team of youth committed to bringing a change in the society through education, love and empowerment. The three major issues highlighted by Womenite are Child Sexual Abuse, Gender Equality and Menstrual Hygiene. By delivering sessions on these issues in various schools and colleges, the Change Makers are educating children and youth. They are tirelessly and passionately working towards spreading awareness by means of a number of online as well as offline campaigns.

Child Sexual Abuse : With increasing cases of Child Sexual Abuse, Womenite is raising the bar by openly discussing about the forms and impacts of Child Sexual Abuse. It has delivered and is incessantly delivering sessions and conducting workshops on this issue with an audience of children of 5-14 years of age.

Gender Equality : In today’s dynamic world, there are still certain places where patriarchy can be witnessed. Womenite is trying to combat the stereotypes questioning the skills of woman as an independent being. Various workshops are conducting highlighting the importance of Gender Equality and why we still need to ponder upon this issue.

Menstrual Hygiene : Menstruation is no longer a topic to discuss in four-walled room. Womenite is working on eliminating the myths related to natural menstrual cycle and hygiene management. The workshops on Menstrual Hygiene aims at covering the topics like what is menstruation, how and why it occurs, health tips and medical issues.

In January 2018, the founder of Womenite, Mr. Harshit Gupta, received the ‘National Youth Award’ in the National Youth Festival 2018. The award was handed over by Shri Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. The festival was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi through Video Conferencing. It is a notable achievement as Womenite completed its three years in January 2018 and within a few years, the founder has been recognised and awarded.

Moreover, Womenite, in association with District Magistrate, North Delhi organised ‘Aaghaaz – Meri Beti Meri Taakat’ on 10th march 2018. Ms. Dipa Karmakar, first female Indian gymnast to win Bronze Medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, was the chief guest for the event. A number of performances highlighting the importance of girl child were held. The event ended with the graceful performance of Nizami Brothers.

Womenite’s other achievements include :
  • Getting an invitation to the UN Women’s Headquarters in New York for a Browng Bag activity
  • The founder, Mr. Harshit Gupta, is highly commended runners-up for the Queen’s Young Leader Award chosen by HH Queen Elizabeth II.

One advice that Mr. Harshit Gupta would like to give to people who wish to start an NGO is ‘ Entrepreneurs don’t aim to make a million dollar, they aim to impact the lives of a million people’.

                                              - By Aarzoo Kareer

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