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Financial aid for poor students by women's organisation

New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) To help and support young girl students in Delhi, Women's International Networking (WIN), a independent global leadership organization will give financial aid for higher studies, an official said.

"Under a programmed called WIN girls, ten students each from two NGOs CEQUIN (Centre For Equity and Inclusion) and Stree Shakti will get Rs.22,000 each annually to help them for higher studies," Rekha Mody, president of NGO Stree Shakti said.

Apart from this WIN, which has associated with various countries in the world, will also help women create an inclusive and sustainable business culture and new job opportunities like a women's cab service, by partnering with big corporate.

"WIN basically helps link NGOs dealing with women issues in India to international corporate like Shell, a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies, so they can develop a cordial relationship and innovative business models, financial aids and help them the women," Mody said.

Speaking about the WIN girls, Kristin Engvig, founder and president of WIN said: "It is been 16 years we have started this network across Europe and now we have come to India.

"The WIN girls is a small initiative, hope this would get bigger in the coming years."

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Initiative to make Indian girls WINsome

Anubha Shukla - OneWorld South Asia

WIN (Women’s International Networking), an independent global leadership organization, is all set to launch an initiative –WIN Girls – in collaboration with Indian NGOs Stree Shakti and Centre for Equity and Inclusion (CEQUIN) to enable higher education for girls from the less privileged sections of the society.

The programmed proposes to get admission to girls and also provide a yearly financial assistance of about Rs 22,000 so that she can pursue higher studies. Initially, the scholarship will be given to 10 girls and the number of beneficiaries is expected to increase over the coming years. Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Government of India, will launch the WIN Girls initiative in New Delhi.

Kristin Engvig, founder and president of WIN, made this announcement at the WIN India conference in Delhi. WIN’s first conference in India aims to accelerate the involvement of women in decision-making, entrepreneurship, corporations and in promoting community leadership. “The WIN conference is the most innovative event wholly dedicated to women’s leadership and proven not only develop women in business but also nurture them as individuals”, said Engvig.

India is just the second Asian country after Japan to be associated with WIN.

Responding to a question on whether women work to gain power or money, Engvig said, “I don’t think it’s about money or power. I know many women who work to add meaning to their lives and want to do good to the society.”

“NGOs can’t work in isolation. We need to work together for the society. WIN helps us to work together”, said Sara Pilot, Co-founder of CEQUIN. Rekha Mody, Founder, Stree Shakti, said “What WIN has brought to India is collective leadership.”

The three-day conference will also see an internationally acclaimed documentary-play SEVEN, an enactment of seven enabling stories of women. The play shows women’s struggles and their triumphs in different parts of the world. SEVEN is a groundbreaking work of documentary theatre that captures the remarkable lives of a diverse and courageous group of women leaders from around the world.
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