National-Global leaders brainstorms at the second edition of gender equality Summit for achieving gender equality goals

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New Delhi: Aiming to highlight issues related to gender equality at workplaces in India, Global Compact Network India organised its second edition of Gender Equality Summit today at ITC Sheraton in New Delhi.

The summit was organised in the backdrop of increasing conversation around the safety of women in the work places and a need to undertake corrective actions in this regard.

This year’s theme “Preparing women for the future of work” was chosen keeping in sync with the UN Sustainable Development goals that target creating the most conducive work environment for them. It looked at solutions as to how the governments, private sector, not for profit and communities at large can contribute towards creating an ambience around safe and inclusive workplace for women.

The Summit today aimed towards building a concrete road map towards gender equality at workplaces in India. It focused on driving and bringing change for inclusive and equal opportunities in employment and growth for women workforce.

The Summit was joined by over 250 leaders including corporate professionals, policymakers, UN officials and researchers which came together to share their insights on the emerging trends of gender equality.

The Summit marked presence of eminent leaders like Kamal Singh, Ms. Vaishali Sinha, Naina Lal Kidwai, Lakshmi Umapathy, Dr Shikha Nehru Sharma, Dr Uddesh Kohli, Ms. Nishtha Satyam and many more.

Kamal Singh, Executive Director, Global Compact Network India said, “Holistic development of the nation and its societies can only be happen if we assign equal value to both genders. For the growth and true success of the nation, gender diversity is imperative and we should strive towards achieving it. We need to keep in mind that gender equality is not about creating safe and inclusive workplace for women but our homes and society at large too”.

Vaishali Sinha, chair GS 2019 Chief Sustainability, CSR and Communication officer, ReNew Power added, “UNGCNI Gender Equality Summit is the perfect platform for a discourse on collective responsibility towards gender equality and explore avenues for gender inclusive outcomes. This year theme is also highly relevant, as it recognises the importance of equipping women with the necessary skills such that they emerge as equal, if not primary contributors to an ever evolving workplace. It also provides an excellent opportunity to hear top woman leaders share their learnings and experiences, which can only serve as an inspiration for the current and next generation of women at the workplace.”

As a part of encouraging safer, more inclusive workplaces across various factors, the General Equality Submit has introduced the Best Innovative Practices Awards 2019 “Women at Workplace”.

A research paper on “Preparing Women in India for the fourth Industrial Revolution” was also launched today in Association with Deloitte.

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