Women Empowerment has become imperative the world over, especially in the aftermath of abuse against women in recent years. Times Foundation, the woman's confidant encourages women to find practical solutions to their challenges, so that each one becomes self-dependent. The Foundation endeavours to build a nation of women achievers. By initiating self -defence modules, Times Foundation has become a significant factor in making women confident and fearless. The Foundation has allied with several top notch institutions to meet women achievers in our country and share their stories with the public.
Handcraft Studio Academy in collaboration with Times Foundation and support of MSME and FKCCI undertook ‘Learn, Empower, Celebrate Women- a Handmade Carnival celebrating Women Empowerment 2019’ held at the Jayamahal Palace hotel. The first day started off with an inaugural competition of soap making and candle making with participation from 35 women entrepreneurs. It was followed by a workshop on soap carving conducted by Japanese trainer Ms Etsuko Watanabe. On the concluding day, awards were given to around 150 women achievers who have successfully begun small businesses on handicrafts across the country. The prime focus was on women who have started organic plantations and work towards supporting other rural women. Perfume making by Yusuf Madappan from Dubai and Silicon-mould making by Pradeep Kumar from Mumbai were undertaken to introduce new skill sets that would initiate entrepreneurship. The awards night had distinguished guests namely Ms Geeta Velapil - founder of Handcraft Studio Academy, Mr Gopinath - Assistant Director-MSME, Mr Rajpurohit - Chairman-FKCCI, Chief Guest Ms Geetanjali Santosh - CEO-Nalesa Décor and Entrepreneur, Senior Manager-Times Foundation and Kannada cine artist Ms Sree Raksha were part of the event. The program provided a platform for advanced skill development, business information, mentorship for business aspirants, innovations and sustainable entrepreneurial skills along with technology up-gradation for handicrafts in order to support growth of business and capacity building with key inputs in finances, marketing and competitiveness, and empowering MSMEs to achieve global competence. The Government bodies MSME and FKCCI talked about their existing schemes for women start-ups and informed the crowd about the spurt of small scale business by women and its rise in Karnataka.
Times Foundation, in association with Parihar, a centre of the Police commissioners’ office, organised a three day workshop named ‘Spoorthi’ which aimed to empower women and help them develop new skills for sustainable livelihoods. The Support Partners including Supraja Trust and Handcraft Studio Academy coordinated to equip women with skills like making soaps, quilts, bags and teach them stitching and tailoring. The Valedictory function was held on 1st June 2019 at the Police Commissioner's Office, Infantry Road in the presence of Additional Commissioner of Police, Chairman of Karnataka State Social Welfare Board, Co-ordinator of Vanitha Sahayavani and founder of Handcraft Studio Academy. Around 50 women from the lower strata of the society were part of the training programme. Addressing them, the Chief Guest, Sri. Seemant Kumar Singh IPS said, “What we see outside are not just stalls. They have a lot of socio economic significance which is directed towards helping women to lead independent lives. Everybody present here is talented, their talents can be honed by engaging people from financial and marketing sectors to guide them with preparing business models and training.”
The ‘New Women’, an Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) workshop for aspiring women, was undertaken by Times Foundation with the support of Handcraft Studio Academy, WE N WE Visionary Association and Supraja Trust. This four day workshop was attended by 24 young women who are keen on starting new businesses. The workshop was conducted by trainers and experts from various fields who introduced them to the know-how of Finance, IP and Branding, Marketing, Creativity and Innovation, Banking and Proposals, Soft skills and Grooming. Further, the need for good health, yoga, food and nutrition was also highlighted.
On the occasion of Women's Day, Times Foundation along with Forum Neighbourhood Mall, Wenwe Visionary, organised an event to encourage women entrepreneurs. The event, which showcased the products made by talented women, witnessed a huge gathering of interested buyers. It also encouraged the women hone their entrepreneurship skills.
Location: Mumbai On the occasion of International Women’s Day, we at Times Foundation helped mobilize different women groups to access a platform to sell and exhibit different handicraft products, homemade food items etc. The exhibition was organized at SBI Lawn, Head office, BKC, Mumbai. The Programme was inaugurated by Mr Ajay Kumar Vyas, Head of Mumbai Region, SBI. The officials of the bank also kept free-entry for outsiders / visitors to explore the skills of these women which were reflected through their unique handmade products and to motivate them for their future growth. Times Foundation has been working on this Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP), specially designed for the women of self-help groups, since a long time now. We hope to continue this journey in the future and help more such women find their way into entrepreneurship.
BENNETT TOUCH, RED BRIGADE & TIMES FOUNDAITON jointly organized 100 workshops in Lucknow to train women & students on various techniques of self-defence by professional trainers. The event was inaugurated by Smt. Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Cabinet Minister of UP (Women & Child Development) on 24th July 2017 in a glittery function held at Pioneer Montessory School. Inaugural function was attended by around 1000 female students from many schools of Pioneer Montessory Schools & Colleges in Lucknow. We have also organized five more such workshops in July at two Army Public Schools, Lucknow Public Collegiate & two other branches of Pioneer Montessori Schools on 26th, 27th, 29th, 30th & 31st July respectively.
Times Foundation in collaboration with Image Expert K.Indumathi from WINNWIN Leadership academy conducted a two hour free workshop exclusively for women on how to create a positive impression. The workshop included tips & techniques to make a great first impression through Clothing, Grooming and Body language that will leave an everlasting positive impact with the people. About 25 women attended the program.
Times Foundation organised its women empowerment programs to help marginalised women in creating self-employment opportunities by providing entrepreneur training. The women embarked on their business such as tailoring, catering, cooking, jewellery making, bakery and masala making. Over 95 women were trained.
Times Foundation in collaboration with Swakruta, an organisation of women entrepreneurs organised a one day basic Entrepreneur Development Program for women to start their own business. The program included basics of Business, Managing Finance, Image Building, and People Management, Networking and interesting case studies. It gave a platform to over 38 women to learn how to start business from their artistic skills.
The Times foundation, Lucknow, organized a workshop in the month of October to train the schoolgirls for self defence. The program was in collaboration with the Red brigade. This involved training to educate school girls about sexual abuse and how they can defend themselves against such threats. The girls were given karate training and were acquainted to understand the difference between the 'good touch' and the 'bad touch'. Around 300 students participated in the training. The target groups were made aware about the aspects of child abuse and how one can identify such instances. The event was successful in imparting the self defence training emphasising both physical and mental strength to counterattack abuse and harassment.