FICCI Ladies Organization is the leading women wing of the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FICCI). This organization works towards transforming the lives of the women and empowering them. They primarily encourage the women and facilitates them to exhibit their expertise, talents, experiences and strengths over broad sectors and verticals of the economy, which will, in turn, be beneficial for the comprehensive economic growth. FLO has over 33 years of experience and represents over 4000 women entrepreneurs and professionals. The organization is striving to promote professional excellence and entrepreneurship among the women through various conferences, seminars, workshops, training and capacity building programs, etc.
Recently, the FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO) has proposed to establish two ‘Mahila Huts’ in the state to uplift the women rapport in all sectors of the society through training and education. They plan to set up these Mahila Huts so that women can showcase their creativity and talent to help them lead a better life. FLO Chairperson Roopa Patel said earlier today, “We plan to set up the ‘Mahila Hut’ at Vadodara and Ahmedabad.”
Mahila Huts can be defined as a place where women, particularly belonging to the weaker sections of the society, can publicize their hand-made products to earn a livelihood. A city-based social entrepreneur quoted, “I will request to Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) to give a plot to FLO for developing it, where a ‘Mahila Hut’ can be set up.” Patel’s ultimate focus is on the empowerment of the girl child and women through education and training. “Through this platform, I want to initiate quality training programme for women in non-traditional jobs and support young women entrepreneurs through skill development,” she added.
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has already granted permission to provide an area to FLO for initiating the work for setting up a hut. Construction of women’s toilets in primary schools in rural areas of the state will also be commenced by the Gujarat unit of FLO.
FLO Chairperson Roopa Patel praised the support of the officials and said, “We support the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel in making Gujarat an open defecation free state.”