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Welspun to help women access skill-building initiatives

Home textile manufacturer Welspun India has collaborated with UN Women, a subsidiary of the United Nations to help women at all levels of the value chain access skill-building initiatives in technical and entrepreneurial sectors. The company aims to create sustainable livelihoods to establish gender equality in the workforce, drive equal payment opportunities, encourage women to take up leadership roles and create a zero-harassment work environment.

This strategic partnership will strengthen the capabilities of 500 women entrepreneurs and embed them within organised value chains ensuring enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that will empower women. Establishing joint advocacy platforms with UN Women will promote greater representation of women in leadership across corporate India.

Welspun India is part of the $2.3 billion Welspun Group, which currently has 23 per cent women workforce and targets taking it up to 30 per cent by 2020. Recently, the company launched Welspun 2, a cut and sew unit that is entirely run by women employees.