Richa Gaur, known as the Muay Thai Queen of India, and has achieved countless awards and recognitions. This week, she was able to add another accolade to the list when she was named as one of the #100Women Achievers of India.
In collaboration with Facebook, The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) launched the #100Women Initiative in July 2015. Their goal was to recognize and acknowledge women making a difference in their communities, across India and the world. Richa was nominated by her peers and the public through social media to receive this prestigious award and title.
Why is Richa so special to Anchal? To celebrate International Women’s Day in March 2014, we invited Richa to lead a self-defense workshop with Anchal artisans. Richa spoke to the seriousness of male-generated violence and the importance of always being aware and prepared. Throughout the day, artisans found the bravery to share their experiences with being unequal, abused and voiceless. For the first time in their lives, they had a platform to be heard and supported. It was a day to celebrate strong, confident, independent women and to give them the voice
According to her father, Richa found her passion when she was barely 10, pursued it in spite of initial dismay and disapproval of her parents. In their conservative class of Indian society girls were expected to behave in certain ways and invest their time and energy in household chores such as cooking. However, her parent’s soon realized their was no stopping Richa and decided to support her passion. At only 23 years old, Richa has trained thousands of young girls, women and police personnel through her Martial Arts Academy.
Richa is #100Women because of her continued dedication to empowering women. We join in to congratulate her in this amazing achievement!
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the winners of #100Women Achievers on Twitter:
Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, recognized the winners and nominees: