Tamil Nadu

Want more women in politics, says Kamal

Makkal Needhi Maiam leader Kamal Haasan at the Homepreneur Awards, 2018.   | Photo Credit: M. Karunakaran

Actor and politician Kamal Haasan on Sunday encouraged more women to join politics.

“I have seen women as resilient participants in many great revolutions and will encourage them to join politics. Whichever party you choose to join will only be benefited by your presence,” he said at the Homepreneur Awards 2018.

Taking part as the chief guest of the event, he said Tamil Nadu was full of success stories about women taking up initiatives and emerging as winners.

Stating that he wanted more women to make their presence felt in the political sphere, he stressed the need for them to make their voice heard, at least by voting in the elections in large numbers.

Celebrating the achievement of women who have found success with home-based businesses, the ‘Suyasakthi Virudhugal’ or Homepreneur Awards 2018, organised by Brand Avatar in association with Naturals Salon and Spa, felicitated 35 women achievers. Among the awardees in diverse categories, which included education, home retail, media, food, healthcare and entertainment, Podhumponnu, a homepreneur who has been imparting skill-based training to persons with disabilities, received huge applause.

Making a difference

“Overcoming her own disability, Podhumponnu was trained by her husband and has in turn been helping out other people with disabilities with useful skills for employment opportunities. She was named so because her parents did not want any more girl children, but look at the difference she has made to society,” said national award-winning costume designer Poornima Ramaswamy, who was one of the jury members.

Apart from women achievers recognised for their unique and successful ‘work from home’ business ideas, five special awardees were recognised as being inspirations, including Aysha Rau, Founder of The Little Theatre, Radha Dhaga who runs Triguni Foods and Shoba Menon who founded the initiative ‘Nizhal’.

“All the winners will be provided with investment support as well as mentorship to help them transform and upgrade their businesses,” said L. Hemachandran, founder and CEO of Brand Avatar.

C.K. Kumaravel, CEO and Co-Founder of Naturals Salon and Spa, Sushila Ravindranath, senior journalist and writer, director Gayathri Pushkar, film producer Hema Rukmani, singer Sudha Raghunathan and Latha Rajan, founder of Ma Foi Strategic Consultants gave away the awards.

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