Women Entrepreneurs in India represent a dynamic group of Women who have broken away from the beaten track where demands at home, family oppositions & cultural inhibitions have led to lack of support, resources and opportunities; are now exploring new vistas of economic participation with an all new vigor. A great many of them have chosen the Entrepreneur World because of a compelling urge to do something positive. They are the pace setters for women in their quest for economic independence.
The Federation of Indian Women Entrepreneurs (FIWE) which is a National-level Organization brings the businesswomen on a common platform and ensures that their opinions, ideas and visions are collectively and effectively taken up with policy makers and various other agencies respectively for the development of Entrepreneurship amongst Women.
Collectively FIWE endeavors to: Create public awareness towards women's contribution to the National Economy, Establish pressure groups advocating the cause of women, and Educate & Train young women entrepreneurs for their right initiation into business.
FIWE is working towards National and International Co-operation amongst Women Entrepreneurs with a singular motive: Together Towards a Glorious Future!
The Federation of Indian Women Entrepreneurs (FIWE) is an outcome of the decisions taken at the International Conference of Women Entrepreneurs held in December 1993 at Hyderabad (India). The idea was that the Women's Wing of the erstwhile National Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (NAYE) converts itself into an Autonomous National-level Women Entrepreneurs Organization whose main function would be networking and to provide a package of services to the Associations of women entrepreneurs in different parts of the country.
It was accordingly announced that NAYE Women's Wing will henceforth be known as Federation of Indian Women Entrepreneurs (FIWE) and will have no chapters. Associations of Women Entrepreneurs in various Districts and States will be provided to Women Entrepreneurs in India. Individual Women Entrepreneurs could also be eligible for general membership.
Federation of Indian Women Entrepreneurs (FIWE), a National-level organization, founded in 1993 and registered under the Society Act of India in May, 1999, is today, one of India's Premier Institution for Women thoroughly devoted towards Entrepreneurship Development in the country. It has branches in different states of India with a membership base of 15,000 individual members/professionals and 28 member associations spread throughout India. Small-scale entrepreneurs account for approximately 60 percent of FIWE's combined membership, with large firms representing 5 percent and micro-enterprises the remaining 35 percent.
The organization educates and trains young aspirants and start-up women entrepreneurs for their right initiation into business and does awareness programs and business counseling to aspirant women. Besides, it provides hand-holding and networking opportunities to them as well as women interested in growing their business further and creates a launching pad to empower women in the regional economic framework and graduated from small to medium enterprises.
FIWE regularly organizes Enterprise Development Programs and Skill Development Programs in various Trades such as IT, Computers, Garment Stitching and Cutting, Security Guards, Retail, Bedside Patient Attendant, Spinning and Weaving, etc. in various cities / Towns across the country for Below Poverty Line (BPL) youth. Training of Trainers' Programs are conducted in different regions of India, for the same. Over 5000 women have already benefited in the last three years. Women's Economic development has resulted in poverty alleviation and reduction of feminization of poverty in the country.
Sexual harassment at the workplace is a common problem in both urban as well as rural areas due to the mindset of the men who find it difficult to accept women as leaders in their field. This harassment of their members is dealt by FIWE by organizing awareness programs on the issue in which men are also encouraged to participate actively.
FIWE brings businesswomen to a common forum, ensuring that their opinions, ideas and visions are collectively and effectively taken up with policy-makers and various other agencies for their entrepreneurship development. It endeavours to create public awareness towards women's contribution to the national economy and established pressure groups advocating the cause of women. Interaction with government agencies and policy advocacy is a strong mandate. Its activities of assembling and representing women business associations and enterprises of all economic sectors, is well articulated all over India.
To encourage women entrepreneurs to achieve greater heights and as an impetus for their initiatives for business growth, FIWE presents awards to deserving, successful women candidates nationally and internationally, every year.
FIWE has an international presence as well. It is a member of South Asian Women Entrepreneurs (SAWE) as well as of International Federation of Women Entrepreneurs (IFWE) and promote sale of products through Business to Business meetings in conference / exhibitions at the international level. It also organizes Buyer-Seller Meets at National and International seminars. The online networking platform, a B2B portal - http://www.fiwemart.com website will soon start in a full-fledged manner. Women entrepreneurs have expanded and benefited through this networking with resultant growth of their products.
Directorate General of Employment and Training (DGE&T), Ministry of Labor and Employment, Govt. of India has empaneled Federation of Indian Women Entrepreneurs (FIWE) amongst others as an Assessing Body, to assess the competencies of persons trained under Modular Employable Skills (MES) Courses as well as Direct Candidates who have acquired Skill informally.
General of Employment and Training (DGE&T), Ministry of Labor and
Employment, Govt. of India - See more at:
http://fiwe.org/DisplayPage.php?pid=X50=#sthash.l87c8oit.dpufhas empanelled FIWE as Assessing Body amongst others, to assess the competencies of persons trained under MES courses as well as Direct Candidates who have acquired Skill informally.
FIWE is an independent Third Party Organisation, not involved in conducting MES Training Programs and hence offers a most impartial assessment thereby ensuring quality of training and credibility of the scheme.
FIWE has been Accredited by Quality Council of India under National Accreditation Board of Education & Training, New Delhi which will further confirm adherence to acceptable level of performance, integrity and quality.