Women workforce continue to face gendger challenge: Experts

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Bangalore, Dec 12 (UNI) Eventhough the women were second to none in terms of application, skill and innovation, they continue to face the challange of gender-bias in workplace, experts opined at the at the NASSCOM second IT Women Leadership Summit here today.

Participating in the Panel discussion Ms Teresa Copping, CEO, Aviva Global Services said though over 40 per cent of workforce were women in her company, there was still gap. "One has to remain very much patient as this attitude will not going to change overnight" she said.

Calling upon the women to exhibit more and more leadership talent to face the challenge Ms Copping felt that there was a need to have some 'Role Models' to lead the pack. "If you are going to accelerate the change, somebody must take lead and we also do need some men to be rolemodels" she added.

Ms Vinita Bali, Managing Director Britannia Industries Limited, said eventhough the situation had drastically improved women still have a long way to establish herself in the world of man.

Mr Bobby Mitra, Managing Director, Texal Instruments, India, in his presentation has said that women in his company have contriributed significantly for the growth of the prospects of the company and have filed over 25 patents for their innovative products. "In terms of innovation, skill and capability I find no any gender devide" he said.

Mr Kiran Karnik, Chairman NASSCOM in his presentation said utilising human resources to their fullest potential had become a key necessity in today's world. The Indian IT industry had long recognized this need and had been active in attracting, retaining and nurturing the best talent available in the country.

"There is a growing recognition of the fact that diversity in the worklace is key to innovation, and the IT industry is a major proponent and ecample of this" he said.

UNI

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