Modelama Exports, Gurugram, India’s leading apparel exporter, will soon have a production line of only female workers, which will also be completely managed by women.
This was disclosed by the company during the celebration of International Women’s Day, which saw participation from leading personalities across various sectors.
The company, with six factories in Delhi-NCR and two in Indonesia, is working with around 20 prestigious brands across the globe.
Notably, Modelama Exports has around 45 per cent women in its Indian factories, which is unusual for a firm, especially in North India.
“This (having women-owned line) is another effort on our part to empower our women staff as they are our core strength and we wish to continuously make them realise how important they are for us. Our respected buyers are also motivating us as they wish to see more and more women in leadership roles,” said Arvind Rai, Director of the company.
Few of the women workers, managing their professional and personal life amidst several challenges, were honoured by Madhu Azad, Mayor, Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG), who was also the Chief Guest at the event.
She assured full support to the women and urged them to focus on girls’ education, cleanliness in the city and their overall self-improvement.
Rshmi Khetrapal, Chairperson, Local Complain Committee (LCC), Gurugram shared details about the prevention of sexual harassment (POSH) and women’s rights. She insisted that women should support their fellow women colleagues all the time.
Raj Bala, Senior official of Haryana Police, urged women workers to use various helplines whenever needed.
Veena Gupta and Rahul Singh of Women Empowerment Safety & Security Foundation (WESS) NGO also motivated the women. Veena urged women to add more and more women with them and also improve their lives in all possible ways, while Rahul said that women are much ahead of men at all fronts.
Various women workers also shared their experience of working in the factory.