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A brief note on press meet held on May 10, 2011 at Hotel Benz Park to release the report on 'Role of Stakeholders in Increasing the Share and Sustainability of Women from Tier-2, Tier-3 Cities and Rural Areas in IT/ITES' jointly by prepared by eWIT and CSI

On 10th May, 2011, a report on 'Role of Stakeholders in Increasing the Share and Sustainability of Women from Tier-2, Tier-3 Cities and Rural Areas in IT/ITES' prepared jointly by Empowering Women in IT (eWIT) and Computer Society of India (CSI) was released.

Ms Vijayalakshmi Rao, President, eWIT welcomed the audience and explained the need and the basis for the preparation of the report. She and Wng Cmdr Murugesan, Director-Education together released the report. Copies were handed over to Mr Lakshmi Narayanan Vice-Chairman, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Mr Sivakumar, CEO, ICTACT as key representatives from the industry and academia respectively. Ms Rajalakshmi, ex-Director, STPI was also present.

When Mr. Lakshminarayan spoke he pointed out the following:

  • In today's scenario, be it departmental stores or any other business, the back office operation is completely isolated and away from the vicinity of the actual business place. Which means people working on the supply chain management need not be tied down to a specific location. The drive is more towards managing back office systems in low cost locations
  • We are in a industry where there are no gender preferences. The placements are driven more on merit criteria. However, the number in the industry is not equal. The share of women is only about 30% in ITES industry as against the desired greater proportion.
  • Policies or quota systems imposed on organizations are not going to bring about the desired balanced state. If the growth has to be sustainable it has to be natural .
  • There have been real case scenarios that provide enough evidences of discrimination in the industry. For Eg. The Interviewing processes. The panel that visits the colleges are predominantly men, which actually makes the women folk hesitate.
  • Industry must strive to make the work place non-discriminatory and ensure the environment is conducive for all groups to work in.
  • It is purely by elimination of discrimination and creating a conducive environment visibly, that organizations can put in place a sustainable model . However, if there are certain gender specific issues like maternity because of which certain policies are warranted, then they need to be taken care of.

He closed the speech by congratulating eWIT and CSI on bringing out the report.

Mr. Shivkumar of ICTACT congratulated eWIT and CSI and mentioned that statistics showed that in the last decade the number of graduating women engineers have doubled but this is not reflected in the number of women seeking employment or continuing their careers in industry. NASSCOM's data says – the bottom of the pyramid has 46% of diversity but the numbers come down substantially while we move up the pyramid. It is in addressing these gaps that reports such as the eWIT-CSI report will come in handy. He offered to help in disseminating the inform

Ms. Rajalakshmi generally spoke about the prevalent issues for women and how these issues need to be addressed at every level starting from the individuals at home.

This was followed by a note of thanks by Wng Cmdr Murugesan .

Copies of the report were then distributed to representatives from the press.

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