Diversity And Inclusion

W2RT – Much More Than a High Mathematical Probability


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


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!


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...

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


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


  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.  

Maternity Benefits (Amendment) Act update: Clarification from ministry


  The ministry of labour and employment has issued an important clarification on the recent notified maternity benefits (amendment ) Act 2017.  As per the clarification, it is now mandatory for the employers to  extend the enhanced maternity benefits to all those women employees who were already on the maternity leave at the time of enactment of the Maternity Benefits (Amendment) Act 2017 i.e. 1st April 2017.   A copy of the press note issued by Labour ministry in this regard  is attached.  For any feedback/concerns, write to NASSCOM policy team at