Women Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Program

This program is the brainchild of the WEE Foundation. Women Entrepreneurship and Empowerment (WEE) is an initiative in collaboration with IIT Delhi to strengthen Women Eco System. The WEE foundation invited budding Women across India to conceive an idea that can turn them into an Entrepreneur. Around 2000 applications came from all over India out of which 45 were picked for the Women Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Program. These 45 were invited to IIT Delhi to showcase their ideas before the various dignitaries who were invited by the WEE Foundation in association with FITT (Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer).

To inspire the 45 budding Entrepreneurs the Paralympics Silver Medallist Deepa Malik, who became the first Indian woman to win a Paralympics medal, was invited along with other dignitaries such as Prof Ramgopal Rao, the Director of IIT Delhi, Amitabha Kant, the CEO of NITI Aayog, Shereen Bhan, the managing Editor of CNBC TV 18 to name a few.

Sarandeep Singh, the co-founder of WEE foundation inaugurated the program by taking a pledge that women shouldn’t be exploited by men in the future. He declared September 24, the day this event happened, as Women Empowerment day. He then invited each of the four dignitaries mentioned above to say a few words to the women entrepreneurs present in the gathering.

Prof Ramgopal Rao first congratulated the women Entrepreneurs on their success and wished them good luck. He then talked about how women are equalling men in every walk of life and quoted the Rio Olympics 2016 as an example. He felt that the IITs are the only institutions where women are yet to make their presence felt and hoped that they would make their mark on the prestigious institutions in the near future.

Amitabha Kant, the CEO of NITI Aayog then went on to give various statistics on women contribution in the GDP of India. He compared these stats to the World’s stats and thus highlighted the state of women in our country. He said that change should come in the mindset of men and that they should start treating their women in a better way.

Shereen Bhan, the young editor of CNBC, in her own way described how women are discriminated in our country. She drove her point home by citing the state of Bihar as an example. She further said that the South Indian States like Kerala, Tamil Nadu etc have a much better gender parity and that trhe Northern states would do better to learn from them.

At last it was the turn of the much awaited guest on the stage, Deepa Malik , the paralympic medal winner. She was welcomed with a hearty applause and a loud cheer. She started off by talking about her Silver medal triumph and how she always believed in herself to achieve this wonderful feat. She said that she never felt her disability as the one causing sorrow but as the one that gave her the courage to move forward in life. She quoted several instances of her life through which she inspired the gathering present in the room. She further hoped that her medal can serve as an ibspiration to the differently abled individuals to break out from their social barriers and pursue their dream.

After these inspiring talks each of the 45 women were asked to come up on the stage and tel, a few lines about their idea. Each did so with great enthusiasm much to the delight of the audience.

At the end of the program, the participants went home with greater self- confidence and belief in themselves that they could achieve anything in their life inspite of all the difficulties and hardships posed by the society.

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