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MORE POWER TO WOMEN

The Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs (COWE), North, organized the Women Empowerment Program at the Department of Social Work, Delhi University North Campus.

photo 2The Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs (COWE), North, organized the Women Empowerment Program at the Department of Social Work, Delhi University North Campus, on March 14, 2015 to create awareness for schemes and skill development programs available for women entrepreneurs. About 200 women gathered from all walks of life, economically weaker sections, homemakers and entrepreneurs. The members from MSME, Mahila Bank, NSIC, NSDC, NIESBUD and Punjab National Bank were present as guests and speakers.

Speaking at the inauguration, Tripti Somani, chairperson for COWE Delhi chapter, shared COWE’s vision is to build a group of women who are economically empowered, valued citizens of the nation. Chief Guest M P Singh, Additional Development Commissioner in the ministry of MSME, said there is a strong need to create a platform where women can harness this unique talent for their development and growth. The first session was focused on turning thoughts into action. Seema Singh, General Manager, Bhartia Mahila Bank encouraged women through financial support for those intending to start their own venture. The bank also provides loans to women on low interest rates. Manoj Jha, from the Department of Social Work, also emphasized the importance of training and financial independence for women.

Mridula Tondon, president of the NGO Sakshi, remarked that the existence of the present schemes and skill development programs are of no use if they are not utilized properly and unable reach the target audience. Aruna Oswal, who has been honored thrice by the International Presidential Medal, by PIP Lion Clement Kusiak and PIP Lion Mahendra Amarsuriya and PIP Lion Jimmy Ross, concluded the first session, saying “Women are a gift from God to mankind”. The second session was about how to develop business by overcoming obstacles through skill development schemes from NSIC. Shashi Kiran from NSDC focused on shared principles of developing entrepreneurial skills and inspired the gathering to become socially responsible entrepreneurs.

The guests at the event included interior designer Lipika Sud; Mehnaz Anzari, Country Representative-India for United States Trade and Development Agency; Mary Jo Raising, from the US embassy; Sushmita Das from Delhi University’s women association and Rekha Shrivastav, editor at the magazine Hi Writer were honoured by dignitaries.

The final session was held by Sameer Bajpai and P.K Jain from Punjab National Bank, who provided information on schemes to finance individuals from non-farm sector for entrepreneurial activities of maximum 10 lakhs. Sumedha Juneja, representative from Cue Learn gave an on-the-spot entrepreneurship opportunity to the audience, to conduct Math and English training for students.

A lot can happen when a woman takes the responsibility for success in her own hands. The word of thanks was given by Ruchi Maheshwari, chairperson for COWE’s Uttar Pradesh chapter.

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