Why D&I (Diversity & Inclusion)? Why Gender diversity?
Diversity and Inclusion in a nutshell is about empowering people by respecting and appreciating what makes them different, in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, education, and national origin. Then why India we are more focused on gender hiring? It’s because India ranks108th in the World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Index 2018. The World Economic Forum reported that we are 202 years away from bridging the Global Gender Gap, hence the focus is on gender hiring.
Today, women constitute 34% of the IT-BPM workforce (i.e. over 1.3 million women employees) an increase of around 1.8 times since FY2009. Nearly 10% of these women are in senior management roles (approximately 1% in the C-suite). Further, around 28% of the women employees in the sector are primary breadwinners, thereby indicating the changing trend of women’s employment and inclusion in the sector.
The WEN-Women Entrepreneur Network contribution:
As an organization our motto has always been to empower women and give them a platform to start their 2nd innings, the entry of PwC and Jobsforher in our clientele has opened doors to us to contribute largely in Gender hiring . An average of 10 mandates in gender hiring do come our path per month. The game changer for gender hiring was onset of the pandemic; COVID has altered the human ethos and has triggered numerous feelings of realizations, epiphany & resilience around us. Companies has given a good thought on WFH concept. The benefits they yield from this Concept of WFH were abundant and this boosted the gender hiring. Opportunities to tap in this market are plentiful, time and the right rigor is essential to source for gender hiring. We at WEN are in the process & hope to build this vertical so more women are empowered everyday!
– Article curated by Tinto Thomas