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Women empowerment on checklist of corporates

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Corporate firms looked to be doing their bits on the International Women’s Day. Companies were seen doing different activities dedicated to women and gender equality under their corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects.

Sonalika Social Development Society, CSR wing of Sonalika International Tractors Ltd collaborated with Shikhar NGO to empower their campaign ‘She to Shakti’. The campaign aiming at confidence building of young girls involves self defense training sessions, counseling and awareness about child and sexual abuse programs.

Deepak Mittal, Managing Director, Sonalika ITL says, “’She to Shakti’ could not have come at a better time, especially when gender mainstreaming is the hype of the day. Through ‘She to Shakti’ and ‘Udaan’, we are dedicated towards empowering women, particularly from underprivileged families and equip them with adequate skills and education so that they become independent.”

Project ‘She to Shakti’ aimed to cater 17,000 girl students from Class VI to XII of South Delhi government schools. A total of 17 police stations of South Delhi took part in the initiative, each covering one government school and enabling 1000 girls towards raising self-belief and confidence among them. The campaign successfully facilitated them with sessions to improve their quality of living by organizing health and personal hygiene camps, moral and value education sessions for the beneficiaries.

Virender Sehwag, former Indian cricketer says, “This was a very unique initiative jointly conducted by Shikhar NGO and Delhi Police Public Library, in support with Sonalika ITL to promote women empowerment. I would like to extend my gratitude to Delhi Police Public Library on making this project successful. We at Shikhar NGO are looking to conduct more of such drives in future to enable women of our country to contribute independently to their family and society.”

Vodafone Foundation, the CSR arm of mobile giant Vodafone launched ‘Women of Pure Wonder’, third edition of Vodafone Foundation’s flagship coffee table book in Delhi. The book consists of stories of many unsung women heroes. Some well-known and some unheard tales of the extraordinary deeds of real women who have courageously braved all social, economic, and familial odds to find success in their chosen field of work are presented in the book.

Success stories of women leaders like Facebook India, Managing Director, Kirthiga Reddy, Roshni Nadar Malhotra, CEO, HCL Corporation; Founder, VidyaGyan, ace chef and restaurateur Ritu Dalmia and theatre personality Sanjana Kapoor are also depicted.

To celebrate the International Women’s Day, Air India Express operated all women crew flights on March 8. Total four international flights manned by all-women crew were operated.