The Women’s Empowerment Campaign was designed to create the largest networking & empowerment platform for Indian women in Chicagoland. The initiative is a collaboration between the Hon. Consul General of India, Ms Nita Bhushan with Rita Singh, Shital Daftari & Dr. Anuja Gupta. The philosophy of the founders and leadership team was to build a powerful community of support for Indian women in Chicagoland thru this platform. The group plans to celebrate Women’s Day annually at a gala event.
The principals of the campaign include founders Rita Singh, Shital Daftari & Dr. Anuja Gupta who are prominent businesswomen & community members in Chicagoland. “I had started a new project & was looking for a networking platform specifically for Indians in Chicago. There were few organizations which had many members and many smaller community groups. There was no major network & building one for myself was a long difficult task. That’s when I thought there’s definitely a need for a big organized network” says Dr. Anuja Gupta who is a physician and real estate developer of Verandah Retirement Community. Shital Daftari who is an e-commerce business owner of Saris & Things had a different perspective, “when I came to this country on an H1B visa I didn’t know where to start to find friends and other like-minded people. Having a network like this makes it easy”. Rita Singh who is an IT business owner and also has experience in show business says, “I had a very gratifying experience mentoring other people who wanted to start their own business and wanted to do it on a larger scale thru this platform”.
The mission of the group is to create the largest networking & empowerment platform for Indian women in Chicagoland. “We are fortunate to have a very vibrant & high-profile Indian community. There are many existing women’s groups which are independently doing important work. We wanted to form a bigger networking platform to connect the existing groups with everyone who wanted to engage in forming a more powerful community of support” says Dr. Anuja Gupta. Rita Singh adds, “Together we can have a more unified presence and more powerful voice”
Some of the important goals identified by the group include:
- To raise awareness of existing resources & services in the community
- Showcasing & highlighting Indian women excellence in various fields
- Exploring contemporary empowerment issues as they relate to Indian women
- Providing a platform for promotion of women-owned businesses
- Elevate the status of Indian women groups to a more high-profile level
- Support worthy Indian women-related causes
- Celebrate International Women’s Day as a high-level event annually
“To a certain extent the initiative is still open-ended and will continue to evolve as more dynamic people get involved and come up with new ideas” says Dr. Anuja Gupta.
More information can be found on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ChicagoWEC/