'FLO Women Em­pow­er­ment (WE) in Ed­u­ca­tion' ini­tia­tive

FICCI Business Digest - - Ceospeak -

Ffew women were em­ployed as non-teach­ing staff. Hence there was a great need and op­por­tu­nity of women in jobs such as se­cu­rity guards, of­fice at­ten­dants in ad­min­is­tra­tion, bus driv­ers and bus helpers, can­teen staff and man­age­ment. She added that FLO has in­vited the gov­ern­ment, school own­ers, se­cu­rity agen­cies, bus and cater­ing com­pa­nies work­ing with schools na­tion­wide to pledge to par­tic­i­pate ac­tively in this ini­tia­tive along with skill train­ers for th­ese jobs.

The chief guest, Dr. Ki­ran Bedi, IPS, sug­gested in her key­note ad­dress that there was need to pro­mote early lead­er­ship in young girls and boys so that they are able to de­cide early to en­ter a non-tra­di­tional job. She added that in­stead of lec­tures, in­spi­ra­tional books should be used to in­spire chil­dren.

Lead­ing schools from the Delhi NCR re­gion like Banyan Tree School, Birla Vidya Nike­tan, Chi­ran­jiv Bharti School, Jaipuria Schools, Khai­tan Pub­lic School, Manav Rachna School, Mod­ern School, Spring­dales School and The Shri Ram Schools took a pledge that for jobs open­ing up for the po­si­tions of se­cu­rity guards, ad­min­is­tra­tive staff, bus driv­ers or bus con­duc­tors or even other jobs, they would give pref­er­ence to women in em­ploy­ment. If the staff was be­ing em­ployed on con­trac­tual ba­sis, they would urge their con­trac­tors to as­sign women for th­ese po­si­tions.

An im­por­tant take­away from the event was the sup­port ex­tended by three key train­ing and skill part­ners of the ini­tia­tive. Ma­hesh Ra­jo­ria on be­half of Maruti Suzuki pledged to train 1500 women as driv­ers across 15 Chap­ter of FLO free of cost which trans­lates into Rs. 3 crore.

In ad­di­tion, Ad­vanced Se­cu­rity Train­ing & Man­age­ment Pvt Ltd (ASTM) also pledged its sup­port un­der the ini­tia­tive by train­ing women as se­cu­rity guards. G4S In­dia, lead­ing se­cu­rity so­lu­tions group promised jobs for 10,000 women se­cu­rity guards over next three years.

Also present on the oc­ca­sion were Civil So­ci­ety Or­gan­i­sa­tions and NGOs work­ing with women at the grass­roots in need of skill de­vel­op­ment and place­ment. Many of th­ese or­gan­i­sa­tions have al­ready iden­ti­fied a pool of women who are ready to be en­rolled in the skill pro­gramme.

Saritha V, the first woman DTC Driver and Meena Singh Ra­jput, a woman who drives a school van in Delhi fer­ry­ing chil­dren to and from school shared their ex­pe­ri­ences and in­sights.

Ear­lier, Vasvi Bhara­tram, Vice Pres­i­dent, FLO shared her per­spec­tive on im­ple­ment­ing the ini­tia­tive in schools. Vinita Bimb­het, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, FLO, gave the vote of thanks. ICCI Ladies Or­gan­i­sa­tion (FLO) launched its am­bi­tious and flag­ship ini­tia­tive 'FLO Women Em­pow­er­ment (WE) in Ed­u­ca­tion' on April 24, 2015 in New Delhi.

In the wake of re­cent un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dents with school go­ing girls in var­i­ous parts of the coun­try, the ini­tia­tive aims to have more women in schools in non-teach­ing jobs to help ad­dress the is­sue of safety of chil­dren. The ini­tia­tive is be­ing spear­headed by FLO mem­bers run­ning ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions to bring about this change and will be im­ple­mented across the 15 Chap­ters of FLO pan-In­dia.

The launch wit­nessed key stake­hold­ers com­ing to the same plat­form and pledg­ing their com­mit­ment and sup­port to the ini­tia­tive by em­ploy­ing more women staff in schools.

In her pre­sen­ta­tion, Ar­chana Garodia Gupta, Pres­i­dent, FLO, said that re­search showed that in the pri­vate school net­work very

Dr. Ki­ran Bedi, IPS (2nd from right), at the launch of 'FLO Women Em­pow­er­ment (WE) in Ed­u­ca­tion' ini­tia­tive.

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