Surat : In a unique initiative to empower women in the families of the diamond artisans employed in the world’s largest diamond cutting and polishing centre in Surat, the city-based Diamond Industry Career Foundation (DICF) has launched various short-term courses for making the women ‘Aatmanirbhar’ (self-dependent).
A series of short-term courses have been launched by the DICF ranging from beauty parlour, drawing classes, sewing classes, computer education, cooking, mehndi, digital marketing, handwork, personality development and bakery items.
The DICF has formed a team of women leaders who will be visiting the houses of the diamond artisans to register their women in various courses.
Nilesh Bodara of DICF told TBT, “The main objective behind launching these courses is to make the women of the diamond artisans family self-dependent. After completing the courses in various fields, the women will be able to shoulder their household responsibilities, apart from preparing food and nurturing their children”
According to Bodara, DICF was launched with the mission to help the diamond artisans and people affliated with the diamond industry in Surat and Gujarat.
“We will be offering these courses free of cost to the women coming with the diamond workers’ families. A survey has been started in the diamond hub of Varachha, Katargam, Puna etc., from where we are expected to get registration in huge numbers” said Bodara.
Bodara added, “The diamond workers are the pillars of Surat’s glittering diamond industry. We have seen times when the diamond workers were rendered jobless due to economic downturn and the recent coronavirus pandemic. In such situation, women in their families could earn a livelihood with their skills, gained from the courses offered by the DICF”
Bodara said that those wanting to join DICF can visit the website: www.dicf.in or contact the helpline number: 9904235130