BE THE CHANGE – Stree Udyamita Samman, 2015 at New Delhi

New Delhi: Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, Fair Trade Forum-India and Believe India launched a campaign called ‘Women for Women’ on 12th March 2015 at Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, Rajghat New Delhi, which was followed by an exhibition cum sale- ‘Stree Udyami Haat’ of ethnic socially responsible products from 13th to 22nd March 2015 at Gram Bharat, New Delhi.

The organizations joined their hands to support and promote the talent of women from different walks of life. On this occasion, women form different walks of life were also conferred with BE THE CHANGE- STREE Udyamita Samman 2015. Women who are doing tremendous work in different sectors were being awarded on this occasion. Around 400 people participated in this event.

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‘Women for Women’ Campaign was launched by the Minister of Labour and Employment Hon. Sh. Bandaru Dattatreya. He was the Chief Guest on this occasion. Shri Bandaru Dattatreya(Ministry of Labour),Ms Jaya Jaitley, President Dastkari Haat Samiti, Ms Manimala, Director, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, Mr Mallikarjuna Iytha, President, Fair Trade Forum-India, Mr Parveen Arya, President, F-TEC inaugurated the session by lighting the lamp.

Shri Bandaru Datterya was thankful to the organizers for inviting him to support this initiative. He said, “I am glad to become a part of Women for Women campaign, which supports women to work and become entrepreneurs and leaders. Shri Dattatreya assured that in the upcoming schemes by Prime Minister Sh Narender Modi will help women to come forward and lead the nation. Our government supports women to play active role in the work and become entrepreneurs.”

Ms Manimala Ji, Director Gandhi Samriti and Darshan Samiti , in her speech took the audience to the journey of Dandi March which was started 85 year ago by Mahatma Gandhi. ManiMala ji described the incident of Dandi March with a conversation between Sarojini Naidu and Gandhi ji and told how Sarojini lead this movement which was supposed to be a male oriented only.

“Women, despite widespread movements in democratic nation for their equality, are underrepresented at most levels of government, or other workplaces. Women’s equal participation in decision-making and leadership should play a pivotal role at workplaces”, said Ms. Meenkashi Lekhi, Hon. Member of Parliament. She appreciated the initiative and addressing the women she said, “We should be leaders and should be ready to take charge of things happening around us.”

Ms. Jaya Jaitley, President Dastkari Haat Samiti spoke highlighting the crucial role of women in different forays of life. Be it home or working as part of the work force in India. Whatever sector it may be, women bring their own personality and detail to the work they do. Hard work, patience and submissiveness are few intrinsic values which the women in India have. Thus, women can be good and efficient leaders if they are given the right opportunities and platforms.

BE THE CHANGE-Stree Udyamita Samman 2015

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.

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Ms Meenakshi Lekhi, M.P, Ms Jaya Jaitely, President Dastkari Haat Samiti and Mr. Mallikarjuna Iytha, President, Fair Trade Forum-India were invited to give away the awards. As women are heading shoulder to shoulder with men in the world, Stree Udyami Award was given with a mission to encourage women to lead in the society, face the challenges and sustain in the entrepreneurial arena.

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