Launch of FLO Legal and Advocacy Cell & Interactive Session on ‘Making Gender Equality a Reality’
FLO Legal and Advocacy Cell was officially launched on December 9, 2016 at FICCI. The Cell has been initiated by FLO to facilitate economic empowerment of FLO members and other women of India through knowledge of law and legal processes.
The society is hugely impacted by law and the legal framework, which is also deeply embedded in our social world. In order to achieve social change, engagement with law is inevitable. In India, the social dimension of law becomes especially pertinent considering the fact that legal services remain largely inaccessible to women.
FLO President, Vinita Bimbhet said, “The objective of this pan-India initiative is to ensure a healthy, physical, mental and emotional state for every member by guiding them through stressful periods or adverse situations, facilitating legally aware good decisions for their empowered life ahead.”
She added, “The lack of awareness and various inhibitions rob women off their basic rights. Further, no efficient legal services or help lines available for women to redress their grievances. FLO Legal and Advocacy Cell aims to improve socio-economic status of women by providing guidance from efficient, seasoned lawyers for women to remove hurdles coming in the path of living life to fullest potential.”
The Cell will also aim at advocating legal and policy changes, relevant to women.
A Panel discussion was organised on a very pertinent subject – “Making Gender Equality a Reality”. The panelists were – Mr. Bezwada Wilson, Founder & National Convenor, Safai Karmachari Andolan (SKA) & Recipient of Ramon Magsaysay Award; Indira Jaising, Managing Trustee, Lawyers Collective & Former Additional Solicitor General of India & Vrinda Grover, Sr. lawyer & Human Rights Activist.
FLO Governing Body Members, Rati Dhandania Mundrey and Reena George coordinated the programme.
On the sidelines of the event, a Photographic Exhibition “Unstoppable” by Shobha Jolly was also organised.