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Tata Communications aims to empower 5 million women by 2024
MUMBAI, India, Nov. 2, 2022, /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/--

Launches Phase 2 of the 'School of Hope and Empowerment' project in 
collaboration with The Better India; Expands reach to Bihar and Odisha States

Tata Communications [] , a global digital 
ecosystem enabler, today launches Phase 2 of its 'School of Hope and 
Empowerment' (S.H.E) project intended to provide entrepreneurship education and 
professional guidance to 5 million women by 2024 across the states of Bihar and 
Odisha in India. Phase 1 of the project has motivated women to complete the 
education series and be empowered with knowledge and skills to set up and 
manage a business independently, ensuring access to quality education for all. 

"The Phase 1 of School of Hope and Empowerment project has advanced the 
well-being of women in Jharkhand and empowered them to play a pivotal role in 
advancing their family and the larger community," said Aadesh Goyal, Chief 
Human Resources Officer, Tata Communications. "In Phase 2, we are now scaling 
up this project by 10X to help women in the States of Bihar and Odisha in 
India. Through this project, we are extending access to self-empowering 
learning modules, local support ecosystem and micro communities to bridge the 
rural and gender development gap."

Phase 1 of the project, launched at the 2021 UNESCO World Conference has 
surpassed its target and brought entrepreneurship education to over 1 million 
women in the state of Jharkhand in just 1 year well before the committed 3 

The empowered women of this project are an embodiment of courage and 
confidence, overcoming structural barriers including gender stereotypes, 
household responsibilities, financial constraints, social pressures. A 
multi-media, multi-stakeholder impact communications initiative, this project 
is designed in collaboration between Tata Communications and The Better India 
to support and educate women from rural parts of India. As reported in the Tata 
Communications Sustainable Development Report 2022 [ 
], sustainability is built on the premise that positive economic results are 
possible when we effectively manage our environmental, social and governance 
(ESG) activities and is aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development 
Goals (UN SDG) in policy and practice. The School of Hope and Empowerment 
Project aligns with the UN SDG number 5 (Gender Equality) and number 8 
(Economic Growth). It is empowering youth and rural communities (especially 
women) economically and socially through vocational, entrepreneurship and life 
skills training which enhance access to resources, new technology and financial 
services, there by supporting them in becoming active contributors to the 

To celebrate and recognise the success of phase 1 of this project, both 
partners have unveiled an education video series featuring real-life women 
entrepreneurs with their stories. One such story is that of Kalawati Kumari, a 
resident of village Kurumdegi in Simdega district of Jharkhand.  A beneficiary 
of the project, she won a business grant to set up a flour mill which today she 
manages with her own funds. She also creates and fosters relationships with her 
customers and operates the flour mill. "The workshop trained on subjects like 
book-keeping of accounts, managing customer relations, shop environment, the 
importance of saving," said Kalawati. 

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About School of Hope and Empowerment (S.H.E.)

The School of Hope and Empowerment is a community initiative co-created and 
supported by Tata Communications which leverages mobile technology for 
equipping community members with the knowledge, skills and tools required to 
engage in sustainable livelihood choices. It is a multi-media, multi-channel, 
multi-stakeholder impact communication initiative that leverages the power of 
digital connectivity and partnerships to extend entrepreneurship education to 
women from remote geographies. Through this, our aim is to create enabling 
environments in which women can establish themselves as local leaders and 
entrepreneurs through inspiration, education and mentorship. It also includes 
examples where private sector investment, community-based organisations, NGOs 
and state livelihood missions come together to extend non-formal education 
while driving progress on other inter-connected SDGs (SDG 5 and 8).

About Tata Communications

A part of the Tata Group, Tata Communications (NSE: TATACOMM; BSE: 500483) is a 
global digital ecosystem enabler powering today's fast-growing digital economy 
in more than 190 countries and territories. Leading with trust, it enables 
digital transformation of enterprises globally with collaboration and connected 
solutions, core and next gen connectivity, cloud hosting and security solutions 
and media services. 300 of the Fortune 500 companies are its customers and the 
company connects businesses to 80% of the world's cloud giants. For more 
information, please visit 

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