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CII National Conference on Women Leadership
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  • The presence of achievers and stakeholders from diverse backgrounds made the CII National Conference on Women Leadership, insightful and inspirational. Ms Bim Bissell, Advisor to the Board and Founder, Fabindia, said that every woman is an economic contributor. Tracing the phenomenal journey Fabindia had traversed from the time it started from one store in the 1960s to over 170 today, she attributed it to the organization’s respect for convention along with an innovative and creative approach in enabling women to work from home, creating a win-win situation.

    In her opening remarks Ms Bhairavi Jani, Conference Chair and Director SCA Group set the theme of Femonomics, saying that the country could unleash its potential if the contribution of its women was better measured and appreciated. She said this was the first of the conversations that CII has initiated on this topic and will be taken forward through various initiatives. 

 

  • Ms Shovana Narayan, Kathak exponent and civil servant, pointed out that there was urgent need for a paradigm shift in society’s gender role expectations, as also in other societal prejudices. Quoting dance as an example she derided the stereotypes that exist with regard to such professions and in general.

 

  • The importance of the message parents give their children in shaping their personalities and aspirations, was stressed by Ms Meher Pudumjee, Co – Chair CII Women Empowerment Committee and Chairperson, Thermax Limited. Ms Pudumjee, noted business leader, credited her parents’ empowering and gender neutral upbringing as being critical in shaping her into the confident individual she is today. She emphasized that it was important for organizations to have enabling policies to apply to both men and women.

 

  • Mr Madhur Bajaj, Chairman, CII Women Empowerment Committee and Vice Chairman Bajaj Auto Limited, in his address, pointed out that women form half of the human capital of any country, and thus no country could achieve its full potential if it neglected this important segment. In this context, he said that India urgently needed to improve its social and gender development parameters. It currently was placed 191 out of 136 countries, and had 5 lakh female foeticides annually.

    Mr Bajaj shared details of various studies and programmes CII had undertaken over the years which impacted women at the workplace, as also programmes to empower women at the community level under the Woman Exemplar Award initiative.

 

  • Ms Manjula Krishnan, Member, High Level Group of status of Women, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India said that despite having the most forward looking Constitution in the world, and several policies that sought to advance women’s empowerment at the national level, such as MNREGS (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme), the National Rural Livelihood Mission etc, the statistics were dismal. 80 % of women were engaged in low level jobs in agriculture, only 7% were employed in manufacturing. The latest statistics actually showed a drop in women’s labour participation. She urged CII to initiate policies that would enable more women to be employed in industry.

 

  • Ms Rumjhum Chatterjee, Group Managing Director and Head-Human Capital Feedback Infra Private Limited quoting from a CII study (2005) mentioned that ten years down the line, only 5% women stayed in the workforce, 20% had become entrepreneurs, and an overwhelming 75% had become housewives. “Women are the most powerful consumer base” said Mr Neeraj Bassi, President Planning, O& M Advertising.

 

  • Other sectors could learn from the Financial Services Sector, which has many women at senior levels, said Ms Mini Menon, Executive Director, Bloomberg, TV. Ms Menon said that the role of media goes beyond being just a mirror of society. It must also influence and impact society to bring in positive change. Sunita Cherian, Vice President – Human Resources, Wipro Ltd stated that there is need to provide flexibility and provide meaningful roles in order to secure femonomics.  

 

  • There were many more insights from a galaxy of speakers at the conference that focused on defining the contributions of women in the economic development of India and explored the various channels through which women have   significantly impacted the nation’s growth over the past decades. It set the context of   Femonomics and also sought to highlight the role that the State, which includes the Government (Executive), Legislature and the Judiciary; companies; media; and, women themselves, need to play to take Femonomics forward.
 
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CII organised a “National Conference on Unleashing Opportunities for Femonomics in the Corporate Sector” at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi on 19 November 2013.

 

Women, as the integral part of the talent pool available to any industry, have been significantly contributing to the global economy. However, the role of women in the overall economic eco systems is hardly measured, valued or appreciated. “Femonomics” is an effort to measure this role that women are playing and their contribution towards the growth and development of a nation, especially in the Indian economy.

 

The Conference aimed to bring together some of the most dynamic business leaders, policy makers, entrepreneurs and media representatives, on a common platform,  deliberating on four clear themes of Decoding Femonomics, Securing Femonomics, Augmenting & Enabling Femonomics and Integrating Femonomics across the corporate sector.

 

The Conference saw the presence and participation of women achievers and stakeholders from diverse backgrounds to initiate a dialogue for the first time on Femonomics and how this contribution of women can be recognized and enhanced in an economy that is fast growing.

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Ms Bhairavi Jani, Conference Chair and Director, SCA Group at the Inaugural session of the Nation Conference on Women Leadership
Mr Madhur Bajaj, Chairman, VC, Bajaj Auto Limited at the Inaugural session of the Nation Conference on Women Leadership
Ms Meher Pudumjee, Chairperson, Thermax Limited at the Inaugural session of the Nation Conference on Women Leadership
Ms Guru Shovana Narayan, Kathak Maestro at the Inaugural session of the Nation Conference on Women Leadership
Ms Bim Bissell, Advisor to the Board & Founder, Fabindia at the Inaugural session of the Nation Conference on Women Leadership
Ms Bhairavi Jani, Conference Chair and Director, SCA Group at the Inaugural session of the Nation Conference on Women Leadership
Ms Indrani Bagchi, Senior Editor, Times of India on “Decoding Femonomics”
Ms Manjula Krishnan, Member, High Level Group on status of women, Ministry of Women & Child Development on “Decoding Femonomics”
Ms Gauri Jayaram, Founder, Active Holiday Company on “Decoding Femonomics”
Ms Rumjhum Chatterjee, Group MD & Head-Human Capital, Feedback Infra Pvt Ltd on “Decoding Femonomics”
Mr Neeraj Bassi, President-Planning, Ogilvy & Mather Advertising on “Decoding Femonomics”
An open house discussion on “Decoding Femonomics”
Mr Subodh Bhargava, Chairman, Tata Communications Ltd on “Securing Femonomics”
Ms Mini Menon, Executive Editor, Bloomberg UTV on “Securing Femonomics”
Ms Sunita Cherian, VP - HR, Wipro Ltd on “Securing Femonomics”
Ms Meenu Vadera, Founder-Director, Azad Foundation and Sakha (Cabs for Women) Ltd on “Securing Femonomics”
Ms Shweta Shroff Chopra, Partner, Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co. on “Securing Femonomics"
An open house discussion on “Securing Femonomics"
Mr Harpal Singh, Mentor & Chairman, Emeritus Fortis Healthcare Ltd on “Augmenting & Enabling Femonomics”
Mr Sandeep Bidani, Executive Director-HR (North), IBM-India & South Asia on “Augmenting & Enabling Femonomics”
Ms Radhika Shapoorjee, President, Hill-Knowlton Strategies (South Asia) on “Augmenting & Enabling Femonomics”
Ms Vanitha Datla, Chairwoman, Indian Women Network (Andhra Pradesh), and Executive Director & CFO, Elico Ltd on “Augmenting & Enabling Femonomics”
Ms Tanvi Bhatt, Personal Branding Consultant & Director, Panache Studio on “Augmenting & Enabling Femonomics”
An open house discussion on “Augmenting & Enabling Femonomics”
Mr Harpal Singh, Mentor & Chairman, Emeritus Fortis Healthcare Ltd on “Augmenting & Enabling Femonomics”
Ms Bhairavi Jani, Conference Chair and Director, SCA Group on “Augmenting & Enabling Femonomics”
 
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