On June 9, 2020, Women on Wings’ partner FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO) had an interactive session with Ms Smriti Irani, Union Cabinet Minister for Textiles and Women & Child Development Government of India and the 17 FICCI FLO chapter heads. FICCI FLO’s President Ms Jahnabi Phookan talked about the topics she -as President at FICCI FLO- is focussing on and explained to the Minister how collaborating with Women on Wings will create more employment and livelihood opportunities for rural women across India. She also introduced the work and approach of Women on Wings to Ms Smriti Irani. Watch the entire session with Ms Smriti Irani. The part about Women on Wings starts at 5:10 minutes.
FICCI FLO and Women on Wings signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Tuesday May 26, 2020, during a webinar which marked the official launch of the collaboration between the two. FICCI FLO and Women on Wings will collaborate to identify and support social enterprises working primarily with rural women in sectors such as agri, food processing, eco-tourism, textiles and handicrafts and NTFP. The goal of this support is to increase livelihood opportunities and growth of women artisans engaged with the selected organizations.