Women's En­trepreneur­ship Coun­cil on the cards

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The Min­istry of Women & Child

De­vel­op­ment has pro­posed the set­ting up of a Women's En­trepreneur­ship Coun­cil for tak­ing up with the gov­ern­ment the prob­lems faced by busi­ness­women. The Coun­cil, mod­elled on the lines of cham­bers of com­merce, will seek to re­solve is­sues through pol­icy changes, said Maneka Gandhi, Union Min­is­ter for Women & Child De­vel­op­ment in New Delhi on March 3, 2017.

In­au­gu­rat­ing 'Well­ness Rules!' – Proac­tive Well-Be­ing Con­clave or­ga­nized by FICCI Ladies Or­ga­ni­za­tion (FLO), Young FLO (YFLO) and Sleep­well Foun­da­tion, Gandhi said that the Coun­cil should be up and run­ning within a year. The Con­clave was held to cel­e­brate In­ter­na­tional Women's Day.

Gandhi said that in or­der to elim­i­nate beg­ging by chil­dren, the Min­istry has de­cided to come down heav­ily on those in­dulging in pro­mo­tion of the the so­cial evil. To this end, an Anti-Traf­fick­ing Bill is to be posed for Par­lia­men­tary ap­proval shortly.

She said that her Min­istry was also work­ing on an App to curb ha­rass­ment to women in any form. The App, named 'Shout­ing App' would al­low the vic­tim to reach out to 10 peo­ple near her to keep the per­pe­tra­tors at bay be­fore the ar­rival of the po­lice. The App is ex­pected to be func­tional by March end.

Speak­ing about the con­clave, Vinita Bimb­het, Pres­i­dent, FLO, said, “Proac­tive Com­mu­nity Well­ness is not just about what each of us do as in­di­vid­u­als. It is also about how, as a group of em­pow­ered and priv­i­leged women, we can af­fect each other and the impact that we can have to­gether on the health of our com­mu­nity.”

Trupti Gupta, Chair­per­son, YFLO Delhi, em­pha­sized that com­mu­nity well­ness is an all im­por­tant topic that needs to be ad­dressed by young peo­ple like us. She said, “All of us need to get out of our com­fort zone and work to­gether for the bet­ter­ment of our so­ci­ety.”

Namita Gau­tam, Man­ag­ing Trustee, Sleep­well Foun­da­tion, said, “For all of us women, ir­re­spec­tive of our class, strata and ur­ban luxurious liv­ing, the stakes are very high. So, by work­ing to­gether, we have to en­sure that our sur­round­ing com­mu­nity re­mains healthy holis­ti­cally – phys­i­cally, emo­tion­ally, cre­atively, in­tel­lec­tu­ally and spir­i­tu­ally. Chikun­gu­nia, pol­lu­tion, in­creas­ing crime and un­rest are some of the is­sues that af­fect us all. And we can't es­cape from them any­more.”

The high­light of the event were ad­dresses by em­i­nent per­son­al­i­ties – Rashmi Ma­lik, Sec­re­tary, Spic Ma­cay; Deepa Ma­lik, Motivational Speaker and Ath­lete; Dr. Naresh Tre­han, Chair­man and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Medanta-The Medic­ity; De­b­jani Ghosh, Vice Pres­i­dent, In­tel South Asia; An­shu Gupta, Founder' Goonj'; Vivek Ag­ni­hotri, Film Di­rec­tor & Pro­ducer; Anju Modi, Fash­ion De­signer; Pallavi Joshi, Film & TV Ac­tor & Film­maker; Aish­warya Dhanush, Film Di­rec­tor, Singer & Clas­si­cal Dancer; Rene Singh, Singer & Mu­sic Com­poser along with Manzil Mys­tics Group.

Maneka Gandhi, Union Min­is­ter for Women & Child De­vel­op­ment, light­ing the cer­e­mo­nial lamp along with Dia Mirza, Film Ac­tor.

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