Mumbai: The 36th edition of the most anticipated event in the city – the Women Entrepreneurs’ Exhibition organized by the Ladies’ Wing of the IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry opened yesterday. For over five decades, the Wing has championed women’s empowerment, fostered entrepreneurship, and promoted economic growth through its innovative initiatives. This popular event was a spectacular showcase of exceptional creativity, talent, and innovation, bringing together women entrepreneurs who do not have a retail presence.
The lovely Kareena Kapoor Khan, an icon of women’s empowerment and achievement herself, joined IMC Ladies’ Wing President Amrita Somaiya, Chairperson of the Exhibition Committee Ishita Jain and Co-Chairperson, Exhibition Committee Nisha Shah. Also present were the Wing’s illustrious past presidents and members, celebrating the 276 women entrepreneurs and the exhibition’s exceptional array of meticulously curated offerings spanning fashion, jewellery, lifestyle, accessories, culinary delights, and more. Several notable names from Mumbai’s high society were seen enjoying the shopping extravaganza, including Rashmi Thakre, Amrita Raichand, Sonam Babani, Nandita Das and Deepika Gehani.
The décor of the beautiful exhibition reflected Mrs. Somaiya’s theme for the year, – ‘We Rise by Lifting Others, which resonated with the significance of women advancing collectively, embracing their shared cultural heritage, and propelling mutual growth and empowerment. It served as a tribute to women’s inherent strength and resilience, a testament to our journey of collective ascent, and a reminder of the pivotal role of support and encouragement in reaching greater pinnacles.
“Our 276 participants embody the idea that creating the future is in our hands. I am reminded of the shloka, ’Naari samanjasya kushala vastukara’, which means that a woman is a skilled architect of society. This celebration reflects the strength of women who’ve turned dreams into reality and continue to inspire others”, stated Ms. Amrita Somaiya – President, IMC Ladies’ Wing.
Speaking at the event, Kareena Kapoor Khan said, “I want to thank the IMC committee for inviting me to this spectacular event and I’m honoured to be part of this wonderful initiative. From my experience I can tell you that there is nothing that a woman can’t do or achieve if she sets her heart on it. Every woman here today is about to embark on a great journey. For some of you it’s a new beginning, for others you are building on your passion, and making your dreams come true. I wish each one of you the very best. I want to encourage all the shoppers here today and everyone who is watching this, come by and enjoy this beautiful display.”
“The IMC Ladies’ Wing exhibition had started off with local designers from Mumbai. Today at the 36th IMC Ladies Wing Exhibition, we have designers from all over the country, truly representing the majesty and diversity of India including Agra, Bathinda, Bhopal, Surat, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai and Lucknow. At a time when India is hosting the world at the G20, it’s a proud moment for us at IMC Ladies’ Wing in Mumbai to be hosting women from all over India. “Women empowering women,” is the ethos behind the IMC Ladies’ Wing, exhibition. We invite women from all across Mumbai to witness the enthusiasm, creativity, and energy of these incredible women and experience their products for themselves. It promises to be a memorable and inspirational day,” stated Ms. Ishita Jain – Chairperson, Women Entrepreneurs Exhibition Committee.