NASSCOM to commission study on women in IT

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Bangalore, Dec 12 (UNI) The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) has commissioned a study on treatment, attitude and practices on women workforce in IT companies as part of its Gender Inclusivity initiative, outgoing NASSCOM Chairman Kiran Karnik said today.

Speaking to newspersons on the sideline of the Second IT Women Leadership Summit here, Mr Karnik said the study would encompass all the issues concerning women employees, including those of attitude, perception and practices by menfolk.

The report, expected to be available in about six weeks time, would also highlight the penentration of women at the decision-making and management level in conformity with the 'Corporate Governance Principles.' Stating that representation of women at present was inadequate at the management level, Mr Karnik said the findings of the report would be sent to NASSCOM members to take appropriate measures on women's issues.

During the nation-wide sample survey, women workers in IT industry would be asked about their perception on the attitude of men towards them while on work.

Strongly advocating employing women to work in BPO sector and also in night shifts, Mr Karnik said while it was the responsibility of the companies to provide conducive environment for women to work in night shifts, ''it is the government's duty to ensure safety.'' Mr Karnik also said NASSCOM had instituted the Corporate Awards for Excellence in Gender Inclusivity and promoted a 'Culture of Inclusion' and creation of a healthy women-friendly work environment.

The awards would be presented during the two-day IT Women Leadership Summit, he added.


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