FICCI Ladies Organisation honours women achievers & leaders in Odisha

FICCI Ladies Organisation honours women achievers & leaders in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The 3rd edition of the FLO (FICCI Ladies Organisation) Odisha Women’s Achievers Awards was held at Mayfair Convention, Bhubaneswar today.

The Awards were given to women leaders, achievers and trendsetters in categories: Startup, MSME, Micro & Nano Enterprise (Rural & Urban), Large Scale Enterprise, CSR, Social Impact, Sports, Environment, Media & Entertainment and Politics. In special category, the FLO Entrepreneur award is also enlisted.

The Federation of Indian chambers of Commerce & Industry’s women business wing FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) has been paramount in working towards economic empowerment of women through promotion of Entrepreneurship. Its objective is to encourage and facilitate women to showcase their talents, skills, experiences and energies across sectors and verticals of the economy for a truly inclusive economic growth trajectory.

This year the FLO Women’s Awards to celebrated women leaders and entrepreneurs from across the state in collaboration with the Women20 (W20); the official engagement group of G20. The W20 addresses and remains focused on promoting Gender Equity by ensuring gender considerations are mainstreamed into G20 discussions and further translate into the G20 Leaders’ Declaration as policies and commitments that nurture gender equality and economic empowerment of women.

The FLO too incorporates Gender Inclusive Growth in its initiatives by promoting skilling & enterprise for women from all sectors and strata. FLO recognizes and acknowledges struggles & triumphs of women across many segments which not just inspire or motivate but also help others of the ilk break gender barriers and stereotypes.

The event was graced by eminent panelists Smt. Bansuri Swaraj (Advocate, Supreme Court), Ms. Mansi Nimbhal (IAS – MD Odisha Livelihood Mission) and Prof. Asha Hans (Chairperson Development Research Institute and Executive Vice President SMRC). Dr. Sandhya Purecha (Chairperson W20 India) was the Chief Guest for the event. Smt. Basanti Hembram (Minister WCD, Govt. of Odisha) was the Guest of Honour for the event.

Smt Bansuri Swaraj, Advocate, Supreme Court of India on the occasion spoke about the judiciary system and proactive laws of the country. She emphasized about building awareness among women in terms of knowing about their legit rights, the legal aid available and how to use it in bettering their statuses from a legal point of view. Sensitization of stakeholders such as the police , lawyers, authorities, judges, lower judiciary level people etc about laws and law enactment benefitting women is equally important, Swaraj said.

Ms. Mansi Nimbhal (IAS), Director, Odisha Livelihood Mission talked about challenges in women led development and the opportunities that can be explored. Highlighting about Odisha Livelihood Mission’s intervention towards women’s economic empowerment, she mentioned state government is creating a niche for women through livelihood creation by way of skilling, reskilling and upskilling.
Ms. Nimbhal also said that Odisha is a very progressive state in comparison to other states as the government is taking progressive steps towards their development.

Prof Asha Hans, Chairperson, Development Research Institute and Executive Vice President SMRC said that the status quo and challenges always go hand in hand as she talked particularly about women in disability. The 3 main hurdles she highlighted are little access to resources which include education and literacy, the patriarchal society that hinders the women from seizing opportunities and finally violence playing a major role as well. She also highlighted how technology can play a key role in breaking barriers for women with disabilities in their developmental journeys.

Dharitri patnaik FLO founding chair and chief co-ordinator for W20 spoke about the W20 where every woman is covered starting from someone from the community to a woman CEO of a Multinational Corporation. She highlighted that there are more than 590 start ups in odisha headed by women. But issues like that of accessing right kind of investment opportunities and finding the right markets still pose threat to women led developments. W20 is all about a woman’s journey towards equality, inclusivity and empowerment she said.

Namrata chahal FLO bhubaneswar chairperson spoke about the contributions of the FLO Odidha Awardees and how FLO in collaboration with W20 can largely contribute towards the growth story of women.

Dr. Sandya Purecha chief guest for the evening addressed the gathering with a shloka hailing the ‘Naari shakti’. The role of women and the status they have in our culture is paramount. Women are worshipped and equated with the divinity. W20’s primary policy goal is to improve and better the standards of women across all strata through inclusivity and ensuring an enabling environment for them transcend and thrive their fullest potential in developing their own as well as others lives around them. Dr. Purecha mentioned.

The Awards were given to the following personalities in the alongside categories:- Chef Sanna Gugnani Founder Revenir-Atelier de Patisserie (Startup), Nishi Gayasen Founder ‘Lilia’ (MSME), Sudeshna Mazumdar – Founder ‘Duheeta’ (Micro & Nano Enterprise), Paramita panda Vice Chairperson of UMSL (Large Industry), Swagatika Acharya Founder Awaaken Cancer Care Trust (Social impact), Priyanka Singh Deo – Sports Nutritionist, Yoga Instructor & Power lifter (Sports), Monalisa Panda Founder of Creed India Foundation (Environment), Srija Shahin Siddhartha – Programming Head Colors Odia (Media and Entertainment), Sulochana Das Mayor BMC (Politics), Dr. Prangyan Paramita Mishra Co-Founder of Carcinova Cancer Hospital (FLO Entrepreneur Award) and Dr. Lopamudra Priyadarshini General Manager CSR, Aditya Birla Group (CSR).

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