“In 21st Century, I see women doing Business in a Man’s World” – Dr Hina Shah, ICECD

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Social Entrepreneur Dr. Hina Shah, who has touched millions of lives in 50+ countries of the world since 35years with her institution ICECD has been conferred with NITI Aayog award for her contribution towards Socio-economic upliftment & empowerment of women from rural, urban and tribal regions of India. 

Women have consistently been playing a key role in transforming India into a ‘Sashakt Aur Samarth Bharat’. In recognition of the remarkable achievements of these women across diverse sectors NITI Aayog instituted Women Transforming India Awards as part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav to celebrate 75 years of India’s independence. Gujarat Based, Dr. Hina Shah, Founder, ICECD is amongst 75 women achievers who were conferred with the WTI Awards this year. 

While speaking about the prestigious honour Dr. Hina Shah, Founder, ICECD shares, “Socio-economic empowerment of women is an integral part of my personal vision. This can be achieved only when women from all strata of society garner a sense of overall well-being through meaningful participation and decision-making at family, community and policy levels.” International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Career Development (ICECD) is building an “Entrepreneurial Society”, by facilitating access & control of women on productive resources leading to social and economic empowerment since around three decades now. 

“I perceive a very positive and vibrant future for women entrepreneurs. Thus, Entrepreneurship should be introduced in education in schools, colleges and universities to make our country Atma Nirbhar in real sense. I urge women to become entrepreneurial and to become self reliant. Become entrepreneurs and thus become socio-economically empowered. In 21st Century, I see women doing Business in a Man’s World”, she further adds. 

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ICECD has been the vanguard of small and micro-enterprise development amongst varying target groups and has worked extensively around the country keeping gender issues in sharp focus. It has consistently striven to increase access. Control of productive resources and facilities, creating growth-oriented micro/small enterprises.

With a firm belief that economic empowerment is a powerful tool, Hina Shah began working on this idea of empowering women across strata through entrepreneurship since the year 1983, keeping in mind how socio-cultural, political, physical and religious fields have a direct impact on the lives of women. The first programme, termed as Entrepreneurship Development programme for women, was started by her with only 25 women of Gujarat.

The Women Transforming India Awards has been presented since 2018 by NITI Aayog, under the aegis of Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP), to highlight the commendable and ground-breaking endeavours of India’s women change-makers and leaders, with a particular focus on entrepreneurship.