Hillary Clinton Meets Rural Women Artisans with Anita Dongre in Ahmedabad
Hillary Clinton has been a strong advocate of women empowerment and has had a personal connect with the SEWA organisation for over two decades.
(Image courtesy: Anita Dongre/Instagram)
Hillary Clinton visited the Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA) headquarters in Ahmedabad and was joined by designer Anita Dongre. The former US First Lady's visit was seen as an encouragement for women from rural India.
The non-profit organisation has been working towards the upliftment of women in rural India for over four decades.
"It was a privilege for me to have been a part of such a special evening with Hillary Clinton and the women members of SEWA. The women were filled with enthusiasm in having such a global powerhouse and woman champion amidst them who took the time to inspire, motivate and applaud them," Dongre told IANS.
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It was a privilege for me to have been a part of such a special evening with the former US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and the women members of SEWA. The women were filled with enthusiasm in having a global powerhouse and woman champion amidst them; who took the time to inspire, motivate and applaud them. She heard all the game changing stories of these courageous women, it was heart-warming to see her relentless support and encouragement to help the women of SEWA achieve economic empowerment and independence Pic 1: In conversation with the former US Secretary of State, @hillaryclinton, and Reemaben, who leads Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) Today, Reemaben is taking Elaben’s dream of women empowerment forward. Pic 2: With Elaben, the woman behind Self Employed Women’s Association (#SEWA), which today has over 250,000 members. She has empowered over 17 lakh women in the last 4 decades, to take control of their lives and become self-reliant. She is a powerhouse, even at the age of 85. Her strength, simplicity and humility as a leader is awe-inspiring.
"She heard all the game-changing stories of these courageous women and was heartwarming to see her relentless support and encouragement to help these women achieve economic empowerment and independence," she added.
They visited SEWA on Tuesday and were welcomed by Reema Nanavaty who leads the NGO. She has been recognised across India and in the neighbouring countries as a catalyst for various women and helps them achieve economic freedom and liberation.
Clinton has been a strong advocate of women empowerment and has had a personal connect with the SEWA organisation for over two decades.
Having been familiar with Dongre, whose designs she has worn in the past, Clinton said: "I'm very excited about someone as accomplished and successful as Anita Dongre being here today because she has an international brand, that she has built and she will find more ways to work with SEWA members. I think that's another innovation that will grow overtime."
Dongre's commitment to revive the Indian crafts and empower women led her to work in close association with these artisans on her brand Grassroot, a sustainable luxury prAat label, and she now extends the work to her bridal couture line.
Through this, she aims at providing employment to rural women with the comfort of their homes.
"Women empowerment is close to my heart and we're privileged to be associated with SEWA and use design as a tool to achieve this goal," said Dongre.
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