These women are ‘sheroes’ who have been at the forefront of the vegan movement; vocal and committed, inspiring thousands to turn vegan. This International Women’s Day, and so here are just some the women who we need to be celebrating today!
1: Maneka Gandhi
No list would be complete without the inclusion of Maneka Gandhi, the honourable Minister of Women and Child Affairs. She is an animal activist and the founder of People for Animals India, a movement which has been a trailblazer for many reforms and positive actions. Her contributions both as an activist and as a politician are immense and we are thankful that she is on our side.
2: Anuradha Sawhney
Anuradha is a familiar face in the animal protection world and after heading PETA India as its CEO for more than a decade, she established one of the country’s first vegan catering companies, Back to the Basics. She also authored The Vegan Kitchen Bollywood Style, a must-have for all vegans.
3: Dr Nandita Shah
Dr Shah is the founder, director, and trustee of SHARAN (Sanctuary for Health and Reconnection to Animals and Nature). This organisation is devoted to spreading awareness about holistic health and an ecologically sustainable, compassionate lifestyle. Dr Shah believes that “all life on the planet is interconnected and that by reconnecting we can heal ourselves and the earth.”
4: Mini Vasudevan
One of the awardees of the President of India’s Stree Shakti Award for 2019, Mini Vasudevan, a vegan, gave up a lucrative career in the US and moved to India where she set up Humane Animal Society, Coimbatore to serve the strays and needy animals in her home town.
5: Susmitha Subbaraju
One of the ambassadors of the Million Dollar Vegan campaign is this vegan activist and co-founder of India’s first vegan restaurant Carrots. Thank you for supporting us, Susmitha!
6: Anushka Manchanda
Shooting to fame through the Channel [V] show Viva!, Anushka has made her mark as a VJ and a singer since then. She is a committed vegan and is very vocal about animal rights and welfare.
7: Sowmya Reddy
Sowmya is a vegan, animal rights activist and a member of the legislative assembly of the state of Karnataka, India. She is also a supporter of the Million Dollar Vegan campaign and was the youngest ever member of the Animal Welfare Board of India.
This is not a comprehensive list, and there are many more inspirational women in India who are vegan for the reasons of compassion and environment. They include celebrities like Mallika Sherawat, Jacqueline Fernandez, Kangana Ranaut, activists like Alokparna Sengupta (Dy Director of HSI India) Varda Mehrotra (CEO of FIAPO) Erika Abrams (founder of Animal Aid Unlimited), and so many others. We are grateful that we have these powerhouses in our corner and the movement is better and stronger for their presence and contributions.
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