Women’s empowerment is essential for upliftment of any community. It also leads to better childcare and education for children. FFEC started by conducting focus groups with women in Kaman, Mewat and Trilokpuri. Due to limited funds we started our first initiative in Trilokpuri, called Ibtida.
Based on our focus group i n Block 32, Trilokpuri we started with a sewing centre with the objective of empowering the trainer, Shahnaz who was a local resident so she could continue running it as her own entrepreneurship. The Sarojini Naidu Centre for Women’s Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia provided support through lectures of issues related to women’s education, feminine hygiene and financial independence. Renuka Savasare, designer from NID conducted a community skill assessment and identified women with skills of specialized embroidery.
We are proud to have Shahnaz take ownership in just 4 months. She wanted to move the centre to her own place once she had enough
women trainees. FFEC has been guiding her and has also donated
5 sewing machines to get started. FFEC shall also offer certificates to the women once they complete 6 months. FFEC will continue to offer support in helping Shahnaz and a team of trained women to start their own boutique which is Shahnaz’s dream.
Our plan is to continue engaging with women of this community and identify women like Shahnaz who have the drive, commitment and passion to realize their dream and FFEC shall hand hold them in their journey by connecting them to resources needed.
In October 2016 FFEC women were invited by International Peace Builders to participate in a workshop at India International Centre. It was a learning experience for women to interact with delegates from more than 15 countries around the world and also to share stories with women from other NGOs in India and abroad. For some girls, it was was their first trip outside Trilokpuri and to New Delhi!
FFEC also plans to start nutrition and women’s health workshops.
FFEC aims to replicate this model of empowering women in Mewat once we have the needed financial resources to start our work there.