GCNI's 2nd Gender Equality Summit in India resonates the global commitment towards developing a strong India roadmap towards gender equality by discussing the skill sets, leadership and guidance that will enable women to emerge as equal participants in the workforce across the formal and informal sectors.
The summit provides for a national platform to discuss our collective responsibility and exploring pathways towards gender inclusive outcomes in the workforce.
The summit, aligned with the principles of the Sustainable Development frameworks calls for greater levels of coordinated involvement from the Governments, private sector, not-for-profits and communities, as drivers and enablers of societal change, through collective purpose for inclusive employment and growth opportunities for women to emerge as leaders of tomorrow.
The theme of the Summit "Gender Equality – Preparing Women and Girls for the Future of Work".
Gender inequality is deeply embedded in our society, even as India has taken rapid strides and established herself as a global force. We cannot wish away the reality that there is significant room for improvement when it comes to incorporating women in dominant political, social and economic narratives. GES 2019 will focus on preparing women for the future of work, with the fourth Industrial Revolution coming in, which brings in automation & AI and a deep integration of technology into the workplace.
For India to maintain its ranking as one of the top global growth leaders, efforts should be put on all the fronts – at local & national levels because Gender Equality is the mark of a developed country and directly impacts the GDP. It is not only about educating the girl child but also about overcoming the economic and psychological discrimination. Women should be given equal opportunities in the workforce and at senior levels. An effort from all the fronts together will surely help us in building a sustained growth.
"Jungle gym careers” - being prepared for growth in different directions, knowing how to make identity shifts and navigate changing times as we live longer and longer lives, will be essential for women and the Future of Work.
The good news is the future of work comes with flexibility to work from anywhere with flexi - hours . Our skills will also have to adapt and change at a faster pace requiring us to continuously learn . The future of work for women holds promise as it comes with advantages we can leverage well.