On International Women’s Day 2014, WeAreTheCity launched in India.
In just one short year WeAreTheCity India has grown to become one of the most successful platforms for promoting and empowering Indian women.
“I always dreamt that I would expand WeAreTheCity to India”, said CEO and Founder, Vanessa Vallely, “But I would never have imagined that we would achieve so much in just one year. It really is a dream come true to see the site developing so quickly, reaching so many women and telling so many inspirational stories.”
WATC India now receives one million hits per month and has a growing membership of over 750 members. It has attracted sponsors including EY, Barclays and Marriott India and has a network of committees and contributors reaching all corners of India.
Founder of WeAreTheCity India and Editor-in-Chief, Caroline Graham, said, “I have been truly inspired by the articles we receive about the women in India. It is their success, perseverance and ability to overcome all the odds that makes our platform so exciting. One of the cornerstones of the WATC vision is to connect women and this is what drives the site forward. The networks and contacts of our committee members, contributors and bloggers ensure a steady stream of fabulous content to the site, and we in turn pass on these connections to our members via our articles.”
Key highlights over the past year
- One million hits to the site each month
- Over 800 articles posted
- Over 250 events featured
- More than 75 Inspirational Women featured
- 20 bloggers contributing personal stories regularly
- 3 micro-sites launched for Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad – currently progressing Pune, Chennai and Delhi
- A network of committees formed across Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Calcutta and Delhi
- 3 major events and the launch of a smaller Spotlight event series
- Partnerships with EY, Barclays, Marriott Hotels, Marks & Spencer and Jean Claude Biguine
Co-Chair WATC India, Jo Gaglani, said: “We couldn’t have got off to a better start. We have great enthusiasm and support from all who contribute to the site and I’m really excited to see just what we can achieve in our second year!”
Dimple Luniya, WATC India Co-Chair, said: “I’ve really enjoyed being part of this growing organisation and seeing the benefits of the platform as we continue to widen our reach across India. It’s so important that we continue to empower Indian women and give them a creative platform to express themselves.”
Caroline and Vanessa would like to thank the following people who have been instrumental to WeAreTheCity India’s success:
In India: Jo Gaglani, Dimple Luniya, Sheena Thompson, Farah Bakhshay, Tejal Gandhi, Puja Kohli, Anita Pawaskar, Abhishek Chandola, Ashish Bhardwaj, Anju Arora, Neela Kishore, Laila Dastur Haksar and all our bloggers, contributors and Inspirational Women we have featured.
And in the UK: Stewart Vallely, Leonnie Fisher, Brandon Cumbers, Josh Bennett, Chantelle Akerman and the full team at WATC HQ.
Thank you also to EY, Barclays, Marriott India and Marks & Spencer for their support and sponsorship over the past 12 months.
Of the coming year, WeAreTheCity India has great plans to expand the platform further to become a truly interactive, mobile community. If you’re interested in getting involved in WATC India as a partner, committee member or contributor please email us
Watch this space!!
By Caroline Graham, Head of WeAreTheCity India