Mountaineer Anshu Jamsenpa (2nd right) being felicitated on the occasion in New Delhi on April 26 | PIB

Mountaineer Anshu Jamsenpa from Arunachal Pradesh has been chosen to feature in a special series – ‘Azadi Ki Amrit Kahaniya’ – jointly done by the union information and broadcasting ministry and Netflix.

There are six other women in this series from different fields across the country who have been termed as change-makers.

Union IB minister Anurag Singh Thakur formally launched ‘Azadi Ki Amrit Kahaniya’, in New Delhi on April 26.

‘Azadi Ki Amrit Kahaniyan’ is an iconic initiative which brings out beautiful stories of inspirational Indians on various themes including women empowerment, environment and sustainability, and others.

Anshu Jamsenpa, a Padma Shri awardee for being the first woman in the world to summit Mount Everest twice in five days in 2017.

The other women change-makers are Basanti Devi, Padma-award winning environmentalist from Pithoragarh known for her contribution to revitalizing the Kosi river and Harshini Kanhekar, the first female firefighter in India. They were also present on the occasion.

Three of the videos, featuring Basanti Devi, Anshu and Harshini; and a trailer offering a sneak peek into the series, were released on the occasion. With a focus on highlighting and honouring the exemplary women, the three change-makers were felicitated by Anurag Thakur, who lauded their efforts of empowering women across the country and leading by example.

The seven change-makers also include Poonam Nautiyal, a healthcare worker who walked miles across the Bageshwar district in Uttarakhand to vaccinate everyone; Tessy Thomas, the first woman scientist to head a missile project in India; Tanvi Jagadish, India’s first competitive woman stand-up paddleboarder and Aarohi Pandit, the world’s youngest and first woman pilot to cross the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean solo in a light-sport aircraft.

Speaking on the collaboration of the IB ministry and Netflix, Thakur said: “This initiative aims to bring out inspiring stories of Indians and these stories shall motivate and empower more people to achieve their goals”.

He added that this was a long term partnership where different themes and diverse stories will be highlighted.

“Netflix will be producing 25 videos on themes including women empowerment, environment and sustainable development and other days of significance. Netflix will produce two-minute short films for the ministry which will be shared on social media platforms and telecast on Doordarshan network,” Thakur said.

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