Women less prepared to take up future biz challenges

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Chennai, Mar 7 (UNI) Just 43 per cent of women professionals feel well-equipped to compete in the business economy of the future, according to a report issued by Accenture, an IT and consultancy major, today to mark the International Women's Day.

The report, 'One Step Ahead of 2011: A New Horizon for Working Women,' was based on a survey carried out on more than 4,000 male and female business professionals in 17 countries across Europe, Asia, North America and South America, a company release here said.

According to the findings, women in several key emerging markets believe they were better equipped to succeed than their female counterparts in many developed markets.

Specifically, the majority of businesswomen in India, South Africa, China and Brazil - 68 per cent, 63, 61 and 52 per cent, respectively - said that they feel equipped to succeed in the global world of 2011.

The survey asked respondents to consider 'skills readiness' across six categories - agility, social responsibility, global skills, technology, inclusion&diversity, and business relationships with 'skills readiness' representing the respondents' perceived importance of the specific skill to success in 2011.

Interestingly, both women and men rated technology at the top of their skill readiness assessment, cited by 75 per cent of women and 73 per cent of men.

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