International Women’s Day 2022: MSDE salutes the grit of India’s women, fulfilling their aspirations by breaking age-old stereotypes

The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) organised a special event today on International Women’s Day 2022, recognizing the accomplishments made by women in the skill ecosystem and honoring them for their active participation in augmenting India’s economic growth. The women of our country have truly combated stereotypes and eliminated inequalities by coming at the forefront and standing shoulder to shoulder with men in every field. Since the inception of Skill India Mission, there has been an evident increase in the participation of women in non- conventional job-roles like plumbing, welding, and driving among others.

The event was graced by the presence of esteemed dignitaries from the ministry and partner ecosystem of Skill India Mission. Over 100 women were felicitated today on this occasion – these are amongst state level champions in IndiaSkills, Craftsmen Training Scheme and others. In addition, the inauguration of 21 National Institutes for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD) extension centres in National Skill Training Institutes (NSTI) took place to promote entrepreneurship across the country. NIESBUD will also conduct entrepreneurship awareness programme followed by entrepreneurship development programme for the NSTI trainees to inculcate entrepreneurial competencies to create future entrepreneurs.

The government is accelerating its focus towards skill development and vocational training for all citizens including women. MSDE has rolled out several schemes and programmes to increase the participation of women in the workforce.  There has been increased focus on skill development of women in new age job roles aligned to Industry 4.0, Artificial Intelligence, 3D Printing, Data Analytics etc. and across conventional skills like welding, automobile mechanics etc.

Expressing his views during the event, Shri Rajesh Aggarwal, Secretary, MSDE  extended his  gratitude to all towards women for being the pillars on which the edifice of Aatmanirbhar Bharat will rest. The women of our country have truly broken the barriers of inequalities and exclusion, have come forward to fulfill their aspirations, strengthened their support towards society, and have been strongly involved in augmenting the country’s economic growth, he added. He stressed that women to come at the forefront by combating the stereotypes, eliminating inequalities and exclusion, this is true Nari Shakti. He further said that with the ecosystem evolving, mindsets are also changing and we should pledge to empower our women to shoulder the demand of the Naya Bharat and contribute to its growth.

Gayathri Vasudevan, Chief Impact officer, Sambhav Foundation & Chairperson, LabourNet Services India laid stress on encouraging women to take up skilling courses and explained how skilling should not be seen as gender based. She added that participation of women in the labour force is low and necessary steps must be taken to create a secure ecosystem for women and devise a robust policy framework that ensures that women are bought in the forefront.

The Ministry has launched several initiatives to encourage women to not only take up wage-employment in industry, but also become self-reliant through entrepreneurship. MSDE’s flagship scheme Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) strives to promote increased participation of women in the workforce through appropriate skilling and gender mainstreaming of skills. Under PMKVY, over 40 lakh women have been certified which constitutes more than 40% of the total certified. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), a skill certification programe under PMKVY scheme enables Indian youth to take on industry relevant skill certification, upskilled and certified more than 23 lakh women. This includes Bru Tribe in Manipur, Rug Weavers in Rajasthan, Namda art in Jammu & Kashmir and Bamboo craft in Nagaland.

Women are also receiving vocational training at 14,000+ Industrial Training Institutes spread across the country. ITIs have witnessed nearly 100% jump in women registrations from year 2014 till date. Jan Siksha Sansthans has over 85% women trainees across the country. There are 18 women-only National Skill Training Institutes across the country.

In addition, initiatives like IndiaSkills 2021 Competition, witnessed over 110% increase in women participation as compared to the previous edition which was held in 2018. Some of the trades such as Plumbing & Heating, Welding, Additive Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 witnessed participation of female candidate for the first time..

With India on a trajectory to becoming the skill capital of the world, gender equality can enhance economic productivity and improve development outcomes. The use of technology, funding opportunities and upskilling programmes would nudge women to participate in the ongoing transition.



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ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 LIVE on All India Radio

As we celebrate International Women’s Day today, our Indian Women’s Cricket team has already set the stage for becoming the champions of the ongoing 2022 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, by defeating Pakistan in their debut match of the tournament. To bring this glorious campaign of our women’s cricket team to you, Prasar Bharati is covering this month-long event LIVE through Radio Commentary on All India Radio network.

The commentary of ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022, which started earlier this month, is being broadcast by All India Radio on all its primary channels across the country, AIR FM Rainbow network, DRM and DTH channels. 

To make the coverage more interesting and engaging, All India Radio will produce special studio based programmes wherein experts will give insights into all the developments in the tournament at various levels. These programmes will be interactive and bilingual – Hindi and English.

To keep the viewers hooked to All India Radio, these insightful shows will be broadcast before the beginning of the matches, during the breaks and post-matches. For our digital audience, these programmes will also be available on Prasar Bharati Sports YouTube channel –

To make the coverage inclusive, hourly updates on the progress of the cricket matches will be broadcast by All India Radio stations across the country in their respective regional languages.

For all the updates on the coverage through the duration of the tournament, stay tuned to the Twitter handle of All India Radio Sports @akashvanisports and Doordarshan Sports @ddsportschannel.    

You can listen to the Cricket LIVE Commentary on these FM Rainbow Channels:

The LIVE Cricket Commentary will also be available on these DRM Channels:

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Celebrate Women’s History Month on Twitch!


Women Creators are at the core of what makes Twitch, Twitch. From epic competition to next level artistry, or from all of the “wait, how did she do that?” moments, to the fun times in chat, women are building incredible communities on the platform every single day. Not to mention effortlessly inspiring us all while doing it. Without women, Twitch just wouldn’t be Twitch. 

This March, get ready to tune in alllll month long as we spotlight hundreds of Women Creators on the Women’s History Month Shelf. Never knew you were into puzzling? Meet ijustlovepuzzles. Or food from Final Fantasy XIV? Check out ARecipeReborn. Discover that new weird-amazing-awe inspiring thing on Twitch this month. 

Get ready to shout out

On International Women’s Day, March 8th, we’ll be retweeting as many people as we can who shout out Women Creators who make Twitch what it is. All you have to do is tweet #ItsNotTwitchWithout @CreatorName + a few kind words about their amazing, inspirational channel. 

What else is going on?

On March 26th and 27th, The Frame Fatales are celebrating women in gaming, comradery, and friendship with the Game of the Month Mini Marathon. Every month the Frame Fatales pick a game to speedrun together, this month they’ll be bringing you together to check out what they’ve played over the past few years.

Twitch Women’s Alliance Events 

Just one year ago, the Twitch Women’s Alliance (TWA) pilot program was announced with the goal of supporting and empowering all Twitch partners who are women, non-binary, or belong to marginalized genders, through initiatives that increase representation on Twitch, educational and social programs, and a dedicated support network. In celebration of TWA’s one year anniversary, and in recognition of all TWA members, every TWA member will be included on the Women’s History Month Shelf on the Front Page. You can check out some of the members you’ll see on the TWA Twitch team. Check out some of the events we’ll be hosting this month below. 

Women in Tech: GIFBot Programming – March 7 (6pm – 8pm PST)

Principal Software Engineer, Fiercekittenz hosts a casual discussion about the trials and challenges she has faced and overcome as a women in tech as she works to correct the biases that exist about women in engineering fields – all while programming her own Twitch bot and sharing her 20+ years of experience in the game industry.

Channel: fiercekittenz (/fiercekittenz)

Women in the Gaming Industry Panel – March 16 (9am PST)

Azuki leads this discussion with fellow content Creators, esports shoutcasters, and other women in the gaming industry as they share do’s and don’ts for working in gaming, share their experience during a live Q&A, and explore the challenges they have faced as they continue to promote gender equity and inclusivity in the gaming industry. This packed panel features: BreadWitchery, BBXH, Smexi, katiepeircee, leilafoxnation, HappyKrakenX, and j0toro!

Channel: Azuki (/Azuki)

The Lass Project March Marathon – March 24-28 (12pm PST)

The Lass Project is an initiative to bring together and highlight women and non-binary Creators in the Pokemon Community! From March 24th – March 28th, join over 30 Twitch streamers as StephOfAnime kicks off a raid train in a marathon showcase of competitive Pokemon battlers, Speedrunners, Shiny Hunters, Pokemon-Bakers and much more all benefiting the American Heart Association! 

Channel: StephOfAnime (/stephofanime)

Join a good cause 

Stream for Dreams

Support women on Twitch by fundraising for the 1,000 Dreams Fund BroadcastHER Grant, open to women Affiliates and Partners. Since its launch during our inaugural Women’s History Month in 2018 the 1,000 Dreams Fund BroadcastHER Grant has raised over $400k and awarded 300 grants to women and femme identifying Affiliates and Partners.

Sign-up to Stream for Dreams on Tiltify and check out our Creator Camp article on Charity Streaming for best practices.

Support Women’s Health

According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, breast cancer has now surpassed lung cancer as the world’s mostly commonly-diagnosed cancer. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) provides critical funding for cancer research worldwide to fuel advances in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, metastasis and survivorship.

Join with the other community members and fundraise for International Women’s Day to support women’s health on Tiltify.

It’s a global celebration! 

Starting March 8th, we’ll be kicking off International Women’s Day celebrations across the pond in the  UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy, with local front page features for Women Creators throughout the month. We will continue to showcase our incredible Women Creators from these regions on a monthly basis throughout 2022! Check out our local social media channels in these countries for more details on scheduled activities for March 8th. 

And for everyone in Asia Pacific, you’ll be able to find local front page features for Women Creators in Australia & New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand – from March 1st through March 8th. Follow along on our social media pages for ANZ, SG, and TH for more details on local schedules and celebrations.

Celebrate Safely

We want you to have a safe space to connect and celebrate this month, so we’ve enacted enhanced safety protocols and support for participating creators. But of course every stream is unique, so if you’re planning an event or just want to customize your safety settings further, we recommend reviewing the tools and tips on our Safety Center with your Mods.

Pace Women’s Justice Center and Executive Director, Cindy Kanusher, Receive Awards from New York State Bar Association

 Pace Women’s Justice Center (PWJC) and its Executive Director, Cindy Kanusher Esq., were each awarded the Denison Ray Civil Award by the New York State Bar Association. The award is named in memory of career legal activist Denison Ray, who led legal services programs in New York and other states. Ms. Kanusher was recognized for her exceptional leadership which inspires the extraordinary commitment of PWJC staff and service to the community. PWJC was recognized for its extraordinary commitment to increasing access to justice as well as its outstanding provision of civil legal services to disadvantage clients.

Ms. Kanusher was nominated by the PWJC Management Team. The nomination was supported by letters from members of PWJC’s advisory board, who are also active in the domestic violence arena. PWJC was the first organization from the Hudson Valley to win the Nonprofit Organization section of the Denison Ray Award. The organization celebrates its 30th anniversary, this year, of dedication to its mission and commitment to provide trauma-informed/victim-focused quality legal services to victims of abuse and intimate assault.

PWJC’s free civil legal services provide victims of abuse and intimate assault opportunities and resources to empower themselves and begin their journey away from abuse and towards healing. Your support will directly help victims of abuse.

The Pace Women’s Justice Center (PWJC) is a self-funded nonprofit legal center located at Elisabeth Haub School of Law, under the 501(c)(3) status of Pace University. Each year, PWJC provides free legal services to over 3,500 victims and survivors of domestic violence, and elder abuse, as well as conducts or participates in over 140 training and outreach events. Serving Westchester and Putnam Counties, PWJC’s mission is to pursue justice for victims and prevent abuse through quality legal services, community partnerships, education, and awareness. With an experienced staff and a team of dedicated volunteers, including attorneys, other professionals, and students, PWJC has built an effective, coordinated community response to interpersonal violence. (For more information, visit

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New York Women’s Leadership Speaker & Author Publishes Inspirational Book for Women

Happiness is Your Responsibility: Peggy’s Playbook of Motivational Moments, a new book by Peggy Sullivan, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.

Full of humor, warmth, and straight-up truths, “Happiness is Your Responsibility” takes you through a whirlwind of emotions through storytelling and visual design. Everyone wants to be happy, but for some reason, our happiness has become tied to worldly achievements and successes rather than the other way round. “Happiness is Your Responsibility” is here to tell you that happiness is an inside job. When you take responsibility for your own happiness, it will improve the quality of your life in a monumental way.

“My goal was not to write a book on happiness, but to teach myself about the art and science of happiness. The more I learned, the more I realized what a powerful tool it is! Not only does it actively encourage growth – but it also adds pleasure to everyday, mundane happenings in your life.”

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll find yourself grabbing some post-it’s and a highlighter to jot down all the practical and straightforward ways that you can stretch, strengthen and flex your happiness muscle.

All of the author’s proceeds from the book sales will benefit the women’s nonprofit organization, SheCAN!, in which Sullivan is the founder. The organization will use this round of funding to build programming around the book’s theme, “How to Flex and Maintain Your Happiness Muscle,” through what Sullivan calls The Happiness Tripod, a combination of professional development, personal development, and health and wellness.

About the Author
Peggy Sullivan is a women’s leadership speaker, mindset expert, and founder of the nonprofit organization, SheCAN!. Peggy is a strong advocate of empowering women to succeed through supporting each other. She has won numerous awards and honors, including the 2019 Woman in Leadership Award from New York State. She has presented and consulted worldwide for organizations such as Bank of America, Blue Cross BlueShield, Ingram Micro, and WomanUp Conferences. She has also been featured in Forbes Women.

You can connect with Peggy on LinkedIn and Instagram:

You can purchase the book on the Dorrance bookstore:

Happiness is Your Responsibility: Peggy’s Playbook of Motivational Moments is a 152-page hardcover with a retail price of $29.99 (eBook $24.99). The ISBN is 978-1-6393-7133-4. It was published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For members of the press, to request a review copy, visit our virtual pressroom at or to buy the book visit our online bookstore at