On the first day of the inaugural The MAKERS Conference, India 2021, inspiring women leaders from all walks of life congregated to discuss and deliberate on ways to accelerate gender equality in India.
The day was kickstarted by Verizon Media CEO Guru Gowrappan’s speech on driving action and change through dialogue. This was followed by Verizon Media CTO Rathi Murthy’s inspiring keynote address.
Shradha Sharma, CEO and Founder, YourStory Media went on to share her inspiring entrepreneurship journey, and called for opening up “the playground” for women. “The access to the playground is so difficult. So once you’re in the playground – Just. Stay. Put. In. The. Playground!,” she told women.
NASSCOM President Debjani Ghosh emphasised on the importance of inclusion and diversity in entrepreneurship circles and the VC ecosystem. She underscored the urgent need to democratise networks and access for women’s entrepreneurial dreams to take flight in India.
And that was not all. The day also saw panel discussions and talks on leadership in women, the unique challenges faced by women entrepreneurs, and sharing of roles and responsibilities among genders, narrowing the investment disparity, and more.
Day Two of The MAKERS Conference, India 2021 is upon us. We have lined up inspiring talks on reimagining the role of women in society, Indian women in sport on the global arena, and conversations with stellar women entrepreneurs leading high-growth businesses today.
Also, do not miss out on the inspiring talks by transgender activist Akkai Padmashali, SUGAR Cosmetics CEO Vineeta Singh, Bollywood filmmaker Alankrita Srivastava, and reputed actor Rasika Dugal.
As per the World Bank, the female labour force participation in India has gone down from 30 percent in 1990 to 20 percent in 2019. But with work from home becoming the new normal, it has the potential to add 11 billion women to the workforce. Farmizen’s Gitanjali Rajamani, Limeroad CEO Suchi Mukherjee, Malika Sadani of The Moms Co, BabyChakra CEO Naiyya Saggi, and Chumbak Design’s Shubhra Chadda discuss how remote working could shape gender equality at workplaces.
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“Dress as colourful as you want, be the way you want, but don’t ever bring your gender to work. Your actions and your work — not your gender — should and will do the talking.”