The world celebrated Women’s day on 8th March and many organisations organised special programs dedicated to the women in their workforce. Although programs across the globe have been slightly marred by the ongoing COVID19 pandemic, nonetheless, many of these celebrations were moved to a virtual space and carried on there.

We too decided to bring out a Women’s special issue for our ‘live with passion’ series this month and applaud women for their contribution in making this world a better place and inspiring others to do so!

“The most effective way to do it, is to do it” – Amelia Earhart

Elise Chabbey, Source:

Leading the forefront is a Swiss cyclist Elise Chabbey, who is a qualified doctor that rides for World Tour team Bigla-Katusha. Since the Belgian classics got cancelled due to the virus outbreak, Elise decided to put her time to good use. She has swapped her bike for a stethoscope and is helping fight the virus at Geneva University Hospital as a medical intern.

“Doing nothing is not really in my nature,” Chabbey said on the team’s website. “What’s happening now is unprecedented and given the severity of the situation, I feel like I have to do something. When this crisis has abated, I’ll know that I tried to do my part and I hope I’ll be proud of that.”

She has truly shown what it means to lead by example. Stories like hers is what celebrating womanhood is all about.

Amidst numerous debates, protests and conferences with regards to climate change and conservation, Rahibai Soma Popere, fondly known as ‘Seed Mother’ is walking the talk.

Rahibai Popere, Source:

She is an Indian farmer and conservationist, recently awarded with Padma Shri 2020, the 4th highest civilian award in India. Her key focus area is women-led Agro-biodiversity. She has conserved 50 acres of farmland where she grows 17 different crops. That is enough to meet the dietary requirements of a family for a whole year!

Being an illiterate and having no formal education, Rahibai now trains students and farmers on ways to select seeds, keep soil fertile and manage pests. She has created her own methods to harvest water on farms, turning wasteland into productive space. She has also featured in 100 BBC Women 2018. Rahibai is fine example of how your passion can positively impact not only your own but the lives of others as well. She is an inspiration to everyone who persists despite the adversity and lack of opportunities.

“Women need to shift from thinking I’m not ready to do that, to thinking – I want to do that, and I’ll learn by doing it.” – Sheryl Sandberg


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