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If we go back a quarter century, the inequality between men and women was vast. Women were mere subjects of men to run their households. If a woman wished to pursue her dreams, she had to face a tremendous number of barriers to even get through the first step.

As time changed and thought processes evolved, the idea of ‘women empowerment’ came into the picture.

Women empowerment can be explained as promoting women’s sense of self-worth, their capability to define their own choices, and their right to influence social change for themselves and others. Even in the 21st century, where there are empowered women all over the word who earn better salaries and know how to fight for their rights, one could hope that things would change for the better. They would face less hurdles and be treated equally, but there are still many places around us, rural areas as well as major cities, where females are treated as a means to make other people’s lives convenient.

Now, the question arises: how can we as society contribute to change this for women?

1. By not restricting them from pursuing anything and letting them do what they want.
2. By giving quality education.
3. Standing up against unbiased treatment against them.
4. By developing a sense of equality and empowering them to not tolerate any type of abuse whether physical, emotional, professional etc.

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Women are the backbone of this community and the future generation’s perspective will be shaped by how they are treated today. Future generations will know that men and women work shoulder-to-shoulder and it’s wrong to discriminate between them. When women are supported and heard, they gain opportunities to stand up for their rights and rise in social standards.

Women entrepreneurs have completely changed the face of business at a global level. There are a little over 10% women at entrepreneurial positions in India who are contributing towards the economic growth of the country and changing the opinions of millions of people across the globe about women’s potential.

However, Indian women have to go a long way to achieve equal rights and position because traditions are deep-rooted in society. But in spite of all these hurdles, a lot of women have become successful in their work. A strong desire to do something positive and make a change is an inbuilt quality of entrepreneurial women.

“Women Empowerment isn’t about making women strong. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.”— GD Andreson.

“I believe the rights of women and girls is the unfinished business of the 21st century.” – Hillary Clinton.

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AIESEC in Delhi University is organising a virtual event women-é-preneur on April 3, 2021, that aims to bring forward successful women of the current era and give them a platform to talk about their struggles and achievements, and inspire today’s youth. Thus, we at AIESEC in Delhi University wish to open a conversation about the social entrepreneurial roles undertaken by women that have left a substantial impact.

The event will be facilitated by two keynote speakers: Akanksha Anshu — founder of  three ventures, one of them being the first-ever flight compensation company in India named and chosen among the 20 Best Women Entrepreneurs in 2019 — and Chandni Kapadia — who has excelled in her roles as Country Head, Business Head and Asia Pacific Head of NEXT, Accessorize and Calvin Klein. Kapadia was conferred with the World Women Leadership Congress Award in February 2019 for her immense contribution to the fashion industry and featured in Forbes List of Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs of India. She was also a recipient of the Award of Iconic Women Creating a Better World For All in July 2020 organised by the Women Economic Forum, All Ladies League.

The event aims at influencing women groups to start taking initiatives. Our brand partners Peesafe, Rahosafe, Girl Up India and Girl Up Seher have been showing their support by promoting the event and share the same vision of wanting to make the world a better place for women by encouraging and supporting people who want to spread awareness around the world.

Come join us and be a part of women-é-preneur on April 3, 2021.

Timings: 3pm IST

Platform: Zoom

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