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Twitter Recognises Women Who Championed Pandemic Relief In India, Calls Them ‘COVID Sheroes’

The COVID Sheroes campaign was launched in August 2021 to recognise women across India who made contributions to relief work during the pandemic using Twitter

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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Twitter has played an important role in keeping people connected and amplifying authoritative information from credible sources. Amid the second wave of COVID-19 in India, Twitter emerged as a real-time helpline as people supported one another on the service.  Among these were many women from different parts of India who used Twitter effectively to share reliable information and offer support to those in need. 

To acknowledge the efforts of these women and their contributions to COVID-relief through their online communities, Twitter India and women rights organisation Breakthrough have come together to recognise them as ‘COVID Sheroes’. 

“As Indians came together to deal with the second wave of COVID-19, it was humbling to see women across all walks of life actively taking charge to have good faith public conversation and bring relief to those seeking help. Thanks to the Open Internet and the power of public conversation, people can create action, and thus we’re leaning into that by celebrating these COVID Sheroes. In partnership with Breakthrough, we’re proud to recognise these women, and hope that their achievements inspire many more to emerge as instruments of change," said Payal Kamat, Public Policy and Government, Twitter India.  

Earlier this year, Twitter India in partnership with Breakthrough called upon the community to nominate women who made exemplary efforts towards providing support during the pandemic. These were women who used Twitter to connect people to resources, amplify SOS calls and provide on-ground aid however they could. 

“Time and again, we’ve witnessed the strength of community and camaraderie in helping people overcome the worst of adversities. During COVID-19, unprecedented as we call it, humanity was struck in a way that distanced communities themselves. The power of the internet, especially Twitter, is what rescued many of those suffering, and the wave of humanity, kindness and community support that emerged was humbling and inspiring. We saw people going out of their ways to connect others with help and resources, and the way some of the women on Twitter utilised their reach and equity on the platform is testimony to their spirit of leadership. It is our honour to be honouring these women and encourage them further as they continue to make society a better place,” said Sohini Bhattacharya, CEO, Breakthrough Trust, Breakthrough.

Here are the six women as COVID Sheroes picked up by Twitter: 

Arpita Chowdhury: A 20-year-old Arpita is the founder of the Jazbaat Foundation, a Delhi-based project to uplift underprivileged students. To support COVID relief work during the second wave in India, she started the #LetsFightCovidTogether initiative on the 21st of April. As part of the initiative, she created a live database of information around resources including hospital beds, oxygen supplies, medical aid, and more.

Fathaheen Misbah:  Fathaheen works in IT and she used her community and reach on Twitter to amplify requests for help and connect those in need with resources. From arranging blood plasma to sharing information around the availability of beds, drugs and medicines - Fathaheen was able to bring hope to people. 

Maggie Inbamutiah: Maggie works extensively across social welfare, diversity and inclusion. Amidst COVID-19, she led a team of volunteers in South Bangalore - dealing with more than 40 SOS requests per day. Discovering these requests and SOS calls via Twitter, her team was able to help find a BBMP bed for a crematorium worker, etc.  

Mithila Naik-Satnam: Mithila is a Communications Consultant from Mumbai, and works with the Charkha Development Communication Network, Delhi on a UNICEF India project. Through Twitter, Mithila was able to amplify the work of the foundation and reach a wider audience. During the pandemic, she leveraged her digital expertise and the Khaana Chahiye community on the service to help people access beds, medical supplies and oxygen. 

Sabita Chanda: Sabita started the Migrant Workers Movement, extending food and ration support to over 8000 migrants who were left homeless, often starving, by the pandemic. She also helped underprivileged children from struggling families gain access to online classes through smartphones and laptops. 

Seema Mishra: During the pandemic, Seema started working with a group of volunteers to provide medical aid to those seeking resources for their family and friends. Along with her team, she connected people to food, blood plasma, and hospital beds by making the most of her network on Twitter. 


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