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Diversity And Inclusion

Nurturing Workplace Diversity to Achieve Holistic Perspective for Innovation & Growth.

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Today, all innovations are being driven by the ability to perceive solutions through multiple viewpoints. And one of the ways to address this is by acknowledging the perspective of differently abled candidates with their varied world view. This innovation methodology hold true for both Product and Services industries. Most companies are recognizing that there is a need to address their employment mind-set from the very inception in order to build a truly inclusive environment. However the ways and means to this process is still being limited to CSR activities. SSC NASSCOM wants to go beyond the government mandate and truly bring persons with disability (PwD) job seekers at par with all candidates. The reality that most PwDs candidates face is limited accessibility to job opportunities due ...

BT and British Asian Trust launch partnership to help empower adolescent girls in India

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BT (BT Group plc) and the British Asian Trust have launched a landmark three-year programme which will use apps, videos and other interactive digital technologies to empower young people, with a particular focus on adolescent girls, in India. Working with innovators and sector leaders, the programme aims to create a sustainable movement for change that will increase the opportunities available to girls between the ages of 10 and 19. The programme also aims to address critical areas such as education, health, economic empowerment and life skills. India’s population includes 120 million adolescent girls, which is about 10 per cent of the population. Many of these young women have little control over their own futures and face multiple barriers to fulfilling their potential. India has the hig...

W2RT – Much More Than a High Mathematical Probability

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It is time that women claimed their rightful place as technology wizards in equal measure as men do and matched aplomb. With the intent to evangelize this idea, Women Wizards Rule Tech (W2RT) is a unique program designed exclusively for women professionals in core technologies, from IT-ITES/BPM, Product and R&D firms, with the aim of plugging the leaky leadership pipeline and nurturing women leaders.   A joint initiative of NASSCOM, NASSCOM Sector Skills Council and Data Security Council of India, W2RT was launched at the recently concluded NASSCOM D&I Summit 2018 in Chennai.   While championing this cause, we have to ensure that the gender gap is minimized, particularly when the Fourth Industrial Revolution presents so many new opportunities, hitherto inconceivable. Through extens...

NASSCOM Paytm Women in Technology Hackathon, April 2018

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NASSCOM Paytm Women in technology- Build for India Hackathon sponsored by Pay-tm and the CEO of Paytm Bank – Renu Satti graced the closing ceremony of the Hackathon and encouraged all the Participants   The NASSCOM and Paytm collaboration for the Hackathon had many firsts in it. It was first of its kind hackathon where teams were led by Women leaders and the Ideas which came out will be in future mentored by Paytm. Before we go ahead, a brief of the event:   The Theme of the Event was “Build for India” The aim was to build a project to solve a problem in India. All projects built for the Hackathon were open sourced under Apache license and all code were added to a repository provided by the Paytm – Build for India initiative. AWS provided AWS free credits to all the participants. The...

Women Are Breaking The Venture Capital Glass Ceiling and How!

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Women are at the helm of some of the largest businesses across the world, but when it comes to venture capital, there is a visible absence of women in decision-making circles. However, over the last few years, women are progressively taking giant leaps in the venture capital sector with some branching out to set up their own funds while many holding senior leadership positions with prominent firms. Angel investing has long been a male dominated field. But, the attitude is slowly changing with women investors becoming imperative to the startup ecosystem, in the face of their male counterpart signaling them that they bring with themselves an emotional quotient along with a powerful gut instinct. Moving ahead with practicality and unrestrained passion, women venture capitalists are successful...

Are Women Financially Empowered?

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Women have broken the shackles of society to enter big time into workforce and become an earning member of the family. While their struggle to break the glass ceiling of organisations is well chronicled, an area that is often ignored is their opportunity to manage the money they are earning. In a recent study that we conducted (within India), 77% of women stated that their money is managed either by their spouse or by parents. What’s driving such a low adoption of money management for women? What challenges are they facing? When we deep dived into our data, 4 distinct reasons have come out for this low adoption: Central Management in Family: This is the most common reason stated by many women who are not managing their own money. Their husband or parents (mostly father) is managing money w...

Women in tech: There are 3 times more male engineers to females

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When you Google ‘women in tech’, you are sure to stumble upon a plethora of forums and collectives clamouring for better representation of women in the technology sector. And it’s not just an empty slogan. There’s enough evidence and research that suggests that having more females in teams fosters innovation, creativity, productivity and results in more revenue. Ex-Uber engineer Susan J Fowler’s blogpost about her mistreatment at the tech giant and the article by Pinterest’s Tracy Chou asking for hard numbers about women in tech have only increased the conversations around gender diversity in tech. We at Belong are always looking for ways to create a more inclusive workplace. So it was only natural for us to look at what the benchmarks are when it comes to diversity numbers in India. The B...

Government Halves Spending On Maternity Benefit Programme

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  As per this news report, the Modi government on Wednesday virtually halved the number of beneficiaries under its Maternity Benefit Programme (MBP) by restricting the scheme to firstborns instead of ‘first two live births’ as applicable earlier.