Gandhi Smriti Darshan Samiti, Fair Trade Forum-India and Believe India launched a campaign called ‘Women for Women’ on 12th March 2015 at Gandhi Smriti Darshan Samiti, Rajghat New Delhi.
The organizations joined their hands to support and promote the talent of women from different walks of life ‘Women for Women’ Campaign was launched by the Sh. Bandaru Dattatreya, Minister of Labour and Employment. He was the Chief Guest on this occasion. Prominent personalities like Ms, Jaya Jaitley, President Dastkari Haat Samiti and Meenakshi Lekhi, MP, BJP and Ms Manimala, Director, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti also graced the occasion. Around 400 people participated in this event.
On this occasion, twenty three women from different fields like entrepreneurs, artisans, CEOs of NGOs, teachers, professors, doctors and civil defence were conferred with BE THE CHANGE – Stree Udyamita Samman 2015.
Among the awardees, there were eight women from the Fair Trade world honoured with BE THE CHANGE award- (1) Ms Roopa Mehta is the Director, World Fair Trade Organisation and CEO of Sasha Association for Craft Producers (“Sasha”), (2) Capt. Indraani Singh, Founder, Literacy India and Indha, (3) Ms. Renuka, CEO, of Pardada Pardadi Educational Society, (4) Ms. Anita Ahuja, Founder, Conserve India, (5) Ms. Chinni Swamy, Founder of Purkal Stree Shakti Samiti, (6) Ms. Jacky Bonney, Executive Secretary, Maximising Employment to Serve the Handicapped (MESH), (7) Ms. Anita Paul, Founder and Chairperson of Mahila Umang Producers Co. Ltd, (8) Ms. Gayatri Patra, Asst. Secretary, Child & Social Welfare Society (CSWS).
The “Virtue Baby” project was also launched by Ms Jaya Jaitley. Dr. Sobti along with Dr Renu Khera from Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute elaborated on the ‘Garb Sanskar’ concept and presented a film on the same theme to the audience.
Ms. Renu Sharma, Founder, B & S Foundation concluded the program by speaking on the objective and need for the launch ‘Women for Women’ campaign and why it is crucial to start such initiatives in India for social and economic development of women in India. She said that launching of the campaign has now opened a wider space and platform to undertake advocacy and lobbying activities with the Government in India. There is a need to encourage women from both rural and urban areas to come up with new innovative ventures and enterprises in India and take the baton of leadership forward. Ms. Mrinal Tayal, an entrepreneur from Chandigarh gave the vote of thanks. The program was successfully concluded.