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ENABLE : Strengthening Ecosystems to Engage Women at Scale

The National Conclave on Women Empowerment looks at exploring various sectors of work through the lens of
innovation, so as to ensure engagement of women, while reducing drudgery and increasing economic returns. The National Conclave will bring together stakeholders to discuss how they can all work together to create an ecosystem which will facilitate women entering, staying, and growing within the work force in large numbers.


  • Advancing Women’s Equality
  • Leading Change to Accelerate Inclusion
  • Increasing Women Labour Force Participation across Sectors
  • Demystifying Women Entrepreneurship
  • Enabling Corporate India towards Being More Inclusive
  • Does Safety Equal Empowerment: A Discussion on Safe Cities


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Engaging women to strengthen ecosystems : A changing paradigm CII National Conclave on Women Empowerment

15 March 2019, New Delhi: CII organized the second National Conclave on Women Empowerment in Delhi today to discuss and deliberate on the imperativeness and ways to advance women’s equality, encouraging entrepreneurship and stakeholder engagement to enable inclusion.

Speaking at the opening session, Shobana Kamineni, Immediate Past President, CII Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Group said that numerous studies have shown that an increase in women participation can make serious impact on world’s economy. She further added “While we recognize and celebrate women empowerment, we need to understand that various stakeholders play a crucial role in inclusion of women and their growth at workplace; especially when it comes to capacity building and skill training”. Shobana appreciated some of the Government initiatives enabling inclusion and retention of women at workplace including the revised Maternity Benefits (Amendment) Act 2017.

Lalitha Kumaramangalam, Former Chairperson, National Commission for Women, GOI Director, India Foundation said “Women need to mentor other women. I strongly realize the need to create a network of women, who can mentor each other, especially in the formal sector.”

Taking the discussion to a new direction, Arun Maira, Former Member, Planning Commission of India, remarked “We should not monetize and evaluate women’s contribution just in terms of economy, her contribution in transforming society cannot be monetized, yet cannot be ignored.” He emphasised that we should not try and fit women into men’s paradigm as that would be a mistake. Women bring their own value and contribution which should not be compared to men.

Kiran Karnik, Former President, NASSCOM, further added that “Women’s contribution must be equal, yet different. Increased GDP can be an outcome of women inclusion but it should not be the goal. The goals must be gender parity, end of patriarchy and women empowerment.”

“The CII National Committee on Women Empowerment aims at gender parity in different sectors, mainstreaming women participation in CII Committees, improving number of jobs and quality of contribution and creating safe environment for women” said Rumjhum Chatterjee, Chairperson, CII National Committee on Women Empowerment, Group Managing Director and Head of Human Capital, Feedback Infra

Highlighting the facts from a McKinsey report, Power of Parity: Advancing women’s equality in Asia- Pacific with a focus on India 2018, Anu Madgavkar, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute said “Inclusion of women is the biggest economic opportunity that the world has, which accounts to about 12 trillion dollars of GDP opportunity. To ensure inclusion, all stakeholders, including companies, policy makers and civil society need to come together to change the curve of inclusion.”

Coining the idea of financial inclusion of homemakers, Harpal Singh, Chairman, Impact Projects Pvt. Ltd said “Financial independence of women is important both at work and home. 30% of the family income must go to the homemaker’s account. This will help improve women’s stature in society and improve the effectiveness of
money spent at home.”

In-depth discussions were also held on the how innovative approaches can create enabling ecosystem for women to become successful entrepreneurs and significance of creating a safety net for women.

The National Conclave on Women Empowerment looked at exploring the innovative models and approaches to ensure engagement of women, while reducing drudgery and increasing economic returns. Inclusion of women is not just a goal, but also a means to achieve many of the Development Goals as identified by the UN. In the
recent ‘Power of Parity in Asia’ report brought out by Mckinsey, it is presented that through advancing women’s equality within the country, India has one of the largest relative GDP opportunities within Asia, which could achieve an 18% increase over business-as-usual.

The Conclave also brought to fore the best practices within industry to ensure women participation in the workspace and concluded with an energy packed session on safe cities as a prerequisite to women participating in the workforce.

The Conclave brought together senior industry representatives, policy makers, CSR practitioners, civil society, academic and development agencies to discuss how all the stakeholders can work together to create an ecosystem which will facilitate women entering, staying and growing within the work force in large numbers.




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