Women still facing gendger challenge in workplace: Experts

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

Participating in a panel discussion, Aviva Global Services CEO Teresa Copping said though over 40 per cent of the workforce of her company were women, there was still a gap.

''One has to remain very much patient as this attitude is not going to change overnight,'' she said.

Calling upon women to exhibit more and more leadership talent to face the challenge, Ms Copping felt the 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 Role Models,'' she added.

Britannia Industries Limited Managing Director Vinita Bali said though the situation had drastically improved, women still had a long way to establish themselves in a men's world.

Texas Instruments India Managing Director Bobby Mitra said women in his company had contributed significantly to the growth prospects of the company having filed over 25 patents for their innovative products.

''In terms of innovation, skill and capability, I find no gender divide,'' he said.

NASSCOM President Kiran Karnik said utilising human resources to their fullest potential had become the key necessity in today's world.

The Indian IT industry had long recognised this need and 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 workplace is key to innovation and the IT industry is a major proponent and example of this,'' he said.


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