Hyderabad, Feb 11 (IANS) Making its foray into south India, the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) Ladies League (ALL), the women's wing of India's apex industry chamber, opened its Hyderabad chapter Monday.
Suman Gahlot, general manager of Taj Deccan, a Taj Group of Hotels entity, will be the chairperson of the Hyderabad chapter, which the industry chamber hopes would emerge as the hub of women's empowerment in south India.
This is the fifth chapter of ALL in the country and the 10th in the world. The global network of women already has chapters in Ahmedabad, Kolkatta and Ludhiana.
It also has international chapters in Colombo (Sri Lanka), Islamabad (Pakistan), Port Louis (Mauritius), Vancouver (Canada), Washington and New York (US).
Harbeen Arora, global chairperson of the Assocham, told reporters that under the ALL network women were connecting and collaborating to create a world where they can be safe and strong.
She said they plan to open 10 more chapters this year. Two chapters would soon be launched in Dallas and Los Angeles, US.
ALL, whose members include fashion designer Ritu Beri and business icon Kiran Majumdar Shaw, plans to have 20,000 members this year. She said it would rope in women and daughters of Assocham members. The industry chamber has 4.4 million members.
With 30 committees in various sectors, ALL offers global networking and linkage for any initiative aimed at helping women.
"There is a need to reach out to rural women in education and healthcare. We are also encouraging women entrepreneurship," said Harbeen Arora while voicing concern over growing polarisation in India between haves and have-nots.
The women's league has helped 500 girls educated on scholarships find placements in industry. It is also collaborating with non-governmental organisations working in various areas of women empowerment.
She said ALL was also duplicating the corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities of the Assocham members by creating women's platform for each initiative.