Afghan First Lady vis­its In­dia to deepen syn­er­gies be­tween both na­tions

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FICCI Ladies Or­gan­i­sa­tion (FLO) or­gan­ised an in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion with Rula Ghani, the First Lady of the Is­lamic Re­pub­lic of Afghanistan on April 16, 2015 in New Delhi.

She in­ter­acted with FLO mem­bers and shared her ex­pe­ri­ences on em­pow­er­ment of women in Afghanistan. She also looked at ex­plor­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ties of tap­ping so­cial, cul­tural and eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties in In­dia, which would deepen syn­er­gies be­tween both the coun­tries.

Ghani men­tioned the be­gin­ning of a new sig­nif­i­cant era in her coun­try and was pos­i­tive that her na­tion could draw a lot of in­spi­ra­tion from In­dia, es­pe­cially in the field of women em­pow­er­ment. "If In­dian women can do it, why not the Afghan women," she added. She also men­tioned that In­dia is the fourth largest donor to Afghanistan. "It has been a sub­stan­tial help­ing hand you have ex­tended to Afghanistan. We are very ap­pre­cia­tive and thank­ful," she said.

The First Lady also talked about the five cir­cles in the for­eign pol­icy of Afghanistan. She said, "My hus­band calls them 'cir­cles'. The first one is lo­cal within Afghanistan, the sec­ond one is with our neigh­bour­ing coun­tries and In­dia is very much into that cir­cle."

Ar­chana Garodia Gupta, Pres­i­dent, FLO, in her wel­come ad­dress, said, "Women em­pow­er­ment is an­other com­mon thread that con­nects both the coun­tries, be­sides so­cial, cul­tural, eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal re­la­tions." She added that FLO would be de­lighted to ex­plore the pos­si­bil­i­ties of: Work­ing jointly to­wards the com­mon goal of women em­pow­er­ment En­trepreneurs ex­change pro­gramme, with the goal of pro­mot­ing women en­trepreneur­ship & pro­fes­sional ex­cel­lence Use the com­mon modal­i­ties for ca­pac­ity build­ing & skill de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes for women This could be un­der­taken un­der the ITECH pro­gramme of the Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs, if pos­si­ble In­vi­ta­tion to Afghan women en­trepreneurs to par­tic­i­pate in the FLO-SCWEC Ex­hi­bi­tion to be held at FICCI in Septem­ber 2015 The First Lady also re­sponded to a few queries raised on women em­pow­er­ment in Afghanistan and the prospects of col­lab­o­rat­ing with In­dia.

Shaida Mo­ham­mad Ab­dali, Am­bas­sador of the Is­lamic Re­pub­lic of Afghanistan to In­dia, was also present on the oc­ca­sion was Vasvi Bharat Ram, Vice Pres­i­dent, FLO, pre­sented the vote of thanks.

L to R: Vasvi Bharat Ram, Vice Pres­i­dent, FLO; Ar­chana Garodia Gupta, Pres­i­dent, FLO; Rula Ghani, the First Lady of the Is­lamic Re­pub­lic of Afghanistan and Shaida Mo­ham­mad Ab­dali, Am­bas­sador of the Is­lamic Re­pub­lic of Afghanistan to In­dia.

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