Pune, February 22, 2019: ‘‘Women do not share their emotions and suppressed emotions adversely affect their health. That is why every woman must have good women friends, whom they can speak their heart out”, opined renowned Actress Sonali Kulkarni.
She was speaking after inaugurating ‘FLO Pune Haat’- a unique exhibition of artefacts that brings rural artisans and urban women entrepreneurs on the same platform. The event is organized by FLO (FICCI Ladies Organization) Pune Chapter which is being held at Poona Club and shall be on till Saturday, February 23rd.
Neena Saini, Regional President, Army Wives Welfare Association, Southern Command, Sangeeta Lalwani, Chairperson, FLO Pune Chapter, Smita Patwardhan, vertical head of this initiative, Christine Khalsa, Senior Vice Chairperson, Sabina Sanghvi, Past Chairperson, Divya Seth-Shah, Actress were present for the inauguration.
Sonali Kulkarni praised FLO Pune Haat initiative and said that it is very nice to see women empowering other women. She said, ‘‘I can see the change happening around in many aspects and there is a change in mindset too. Efforts are being made to resolve class differences and to bridge the gap between the rich class and those who are struggling. We are trying to rise as one nation and I feel that it is very important at this point.’’
Sangeeta Lalwani said, ‘‘FLO Pune Haat is the endeavour to reward craft and to create equal opportunity for rural artisans and talented urban women.’’ She also said that every day new women are joining hands with FLO and thus it has become one of the biggest women’s organization in Asia with 6800 members.
Apart from the stalls of women-centric NGOs and women entrepreneurs, there is an entertainment and food arena created at FLO Pune Haat with a special traditional rural touch. NGO’s like Army Wives Welfare Association, Smile Foundation, Women Artisans from Kashmir, Maharashtra State Rural Livelihood Mission, Aashray, Mahakhadi, Tribal Research and Training Institute and many more are participating in the Haat.
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