‘Empowering Women-Empowering India’


Women make up 48% of the Indian population but India has only 27% women in the workforce. Raising women’s participation in work force can certainly act as an important catalyst for economic growth and inclusive nation building.


With the vision of empowering women inclusion at every level of the economy and enterprise FICCI & FICCI Ladies Organization have initiated  ‘Empowering the Greater 50%’ initiative which has been designed to create conversation and connect professionals, provide advice to help women achieve career success, as well as focus on critical enables to create impact. We are targeting to impact the lives of 1,00,000 women in India over the next 3 years through a well-structured network of visionaries, leaders and experts who can pledge their time to support other women in different capacities such as Patrons, Leaders, Convenors, Mentors or Resource Persons. This ambitious mission was launched by  Ms. Smriti Irani, Minister of Women and Child Development; and Minister of Textiles, Government of India on June 19, 2020.  


An indicative list of key activities proposed to be held under this project to enable a supportive ecosystem for women have been mentioned below.

  • Mentorship Programmes: Setting up enterprise/ Business Framework/ financial models/ Skilling and Capacity building sessions
  • Training of Women on Corporate Boards
  • Recognition of Corporate Change Champions
  • Guidance and support to the Marginalised Women and enhancing women participation in supply chains
  • Building strategic alliances to support the cause- institutional partners/ knowledge partners/ domestic & international outreach

Each of the specified activities will be convened by an expert supported by a team of mentors and resource persons for end to end facilitation.  The Key Performance Indicators for each convening group would be (a) Intangible : Policy Change (b) Tangible : How and how many lives of Women impacted.

Accordingly, the success of this campaign will be measured through improvement in the following indicators-


  • Lives of women impacted
  • Acceleration in women-owned businesses including MSMEs
  • Increase women in workforce
  • Ratio of women leadership in the Corporate boards
  • Empowerment of women at grass-root level
  • Policy change
  • Creation of new Best practices and Success stories


Advisory Group

Convenors/ Co-convenor





Apollo Hospital Ltd



Hindustan Unilever Ltd



The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group



Bain Capital



Microsoft India



Tata Steel



Tata Consultancy Services



Hindalco Industries Ltd.



Intel India



CM Envirosystems



Eastern Media Limited



InterGlobe Enterprises



Satya Giri Shipping Co. Ltd.



KPMG India



Kan Biosys



CP Wholesale India Private Limited



Varian Medical Systems International India (P) Ltd.



Baxalta Bioscience India Private Limited



Teamwork Arts Pvt Ltd



Willard Advisory Pvt LTD


Established in 1927, FICCI is the largest and oldest apex business organisation in India. Its history is closely interwoven with India's struggle for independence, its industrialization, and its emergence as one of the most rapidly growing global economies.

A non-government, not-for-profit organisation, FICCI is the voice of India's business and industry. From influencing policy to encouraging debate, engaging with policy makers and civil society, FICCI articulates the views and concerns of industry. It serves its members from the Indian private and public corporate sectors and multinational companies, drawing its strength from diverse regional chambers of commerce and industry across states, reaching out to over 2,50,000 companies.

FICCI provides a platform for networking and consensus building within and across sectors and is the first port of call for Indian industry, policy makers and the international business community.




FLO was established in 1983, as a division of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) which is the apex body of industry and commerce in India. As an All India Organisation for women, FLO has 17 Chapters pan India - Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Kanpur, Ludhiana, Mumbai, Northeast, Pune, Amritsar, Northeast & Uttarakhand, with its Head Office in New Delhi. Our members comprise of entrepreneurs, professionals and Corporate Executives.