Hillary Clinton was seen in India for the big fat Ambani wedding. Clinton was among the other guests who graced Anand Piramal and Isha Ambani’s lavish wedding festivities. She took a stroll through the Swadesh Bazaar in Udaipur along with bride-to-be Isha and mother Nita Ambani. Today, the Former First Lady Hillary Clinton headed to the Self-Employed Women’s Association headquarters in Ahemdabad, Gujarat.
SEWA is a non-profit organization that has been the force behind upliftment of women is rural India for over four decades. The Former First Lady was joined by courtier Anita Dongre, who has been constantly working with the women karigars.
“Women empowerment is close to my heart and we’re privileged to be associated with SEWA and use design as a tool to achieve this goal.”, said Anita Dongre. Her mission to revive the Indian crafts and empower women led her to work in close association with these artisans on her brand Grassroot, a sustainable luxury prêt label, this line is a canvas of India’s craft history. Dongre now extends the work to her bridal couture line. Through this, she aims at providing employment to rural women from the comfort of their homes.
Anita Dongre in conversation with Hillary Clinton and Reemaben, who leads Self Employed Women’s Association
Hillary Clinton herself has been a strong advocate of women empowerment and has had a personal connect with the SEWA organisation for over two decades. Ms. Clinton, who is familiar with and has worn Anita Dongre designs in the past. Hillary said, “I’m very excited about someone as accomplished and successful as Anita Dongre being here today because she has an international brand, that she has built and she will find more ways to work with SEWA members and I think that’s another innovation that will grow overtime.”
Clinton and Dongre were welcomed by Reema Nanavaty who leads SEWA. She has been recognized across India and in the neighbouring countries as a catalyst for various women and helps them achieve economic freedom and liberation.