NCW hosts exhibition to empower women artisans & traditional crafts

NCW hosts exhibition to empower women artisans & traditional crafts

India is a country with a rich history and diverse cultural practices. Handicrafts play an important role in conserving rich traditional art, heritage, and culture, as well as traditional knowledge and abilities related to people's way of life and history. In India, more than 50% of the artisans are women and have been consistently leading to become entrepreneurs.

In order to promote the economic inclusion and empowerment of women artisans and celebrate their traditional crafts and art, the National Commission for Women (NCW) organized an exhibition of products created by talented women artisans from Gujarat at Canada House in New Delhi on April 12, 2023. The event was hosted in collaboration with the High Commission of Canada and the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Ahmedabad.

The exhibition was inaugurated by NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma along with Amanda Strohan, Acting High Commissioner of Canada to India, and Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director General of Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Ahmedabad. The aim of the exhibition was to provide a platform for around 20 female artisans from various districts of Gujarat. The artisans showcased their skills and traditional knowledge and also highlighted the unique and exquisite handicrafts created by them.

Talking exclusively to PBNS during the event, NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma said, "There is a great potential in digital commerce for women artisans in India."

Acting High Commissioner Amanda Strohan said that empowering women and girls is the best way to grow our communities and have economic empowerment throughout society. She further said, "We are very pleased to see India's commitment to women's development under G20 India. Canada fully supports India in this objective."

Unlocking the possibilities of entrepreneurial prospects for Indian women artisans, Director General Dr. Sunil Shukla shared his views on India's effort in empowering women to lead the entrepreneurial world. He said, "Unless we empower 50% of our population, India's real growth cannot be unleashed."

The exhibition gave an opportunity to the visitors to appreciate women's work and learn about their craft, along with supporting them by purchasing their products. In addition, the exhibition also aimed to create more job opportunities for women and give a boost to the local economy.

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