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               The seminars/workshops were conducted with expert  the base of her family. Empowerment of women will provide
           faculty like Dr. Charu Wali Khanna, Former Member, National  more improved workforce to society so it is necessary to
           Commission for Women (NCW), a leading women's rights  understand the power as well as potential of women and urge
           lawyer and former Member Executive, Supreme Court Bar  them to make themselves independent and a central power
           Association (SCBA); Mrs. Jyotika Kalra, eminent lawyer of  of their families as well as their country. Group discussions
           Supreme Court of India and women’s rights activist; Mr.  were conducted to bring forth the facts required to empower
           Upendra Sai, expert in Developing Emotional Intelligence and  women for the betterment of society. All the seminars had
           Information Technology Empowerment; and Mr. Shiv Khanna  two sessions each.
           (with background in the corporate world of finance), who has
                                                                 Session 1:  Understanding difference between
           volunteered for assisting marginalised sections of society.
                                                                 Gender and Sex
               Initiating the seminars and sharing their experiences in
           the handicrafts industry were prominent EPCH member       In the first session, the faculty initiated an all inclusive
           exporters from the regions and coordinating the programme’s  activity with a general discussion with the participants.Women
           proceedings were EPCH officials. Handicrafts Promotion  artisans were provided with content material on
           Officers from the regional Office of Development      understanding the difference between gender and sex from a
           Commissioner (Handicrafts) detailed about the various  fresh perspective. They were made to understand that apart
           schemes available in the office of the DC (Handicrafts) for the  from the physical difference between males and females, the
           benefit of the artisan community and urged the participants to  society defines their roles based on social norms, perceptions,
           make use of the same.                                 cultural beliefs and religious beliefs. Because of this, most of
                                                                 the time women are given less important roles to perform and
               The speakers highlighted the fact that empowering a
                                                                 men are given more important ones. Women are restricted to
           women leads to empowerment of her entire family as she is

            15th March 2017:  International Lace Trade Centre, Narsapur
            This was marked with the presence of Mr. K N Tulasi Rao, prominent EPCH member exporter from the Narsapur cluster;
            faculty - Mrs. Jyotika Kalra and Mr. Upendra Sai; and Mr. L Manoj Kumar, HPO, O/o DC (Handicrafts), Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.

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