New Delhi: Sadly, a lot has been said about it and least has been acted upon, but it’s again on the headlines. Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has appealed to all political parties to arrive at a consensus and ensure the passage of Women’s Reservation Bill for providing reservation to women in the Parliament and state legislatures. Mr. Naidu was speaking at the Women Entrepreneurship Platform Conclave and after presenting Women Transforming India Awards 2018, organised by the NIITIAayog, WEP and UN in India, on Sunday. He pointed out that reservation of seats for women in Panchayats and Municipalities has proved to be successful.
The vice president said the contribution of Indian women to GDP, currently at 17%, is way below the global average that stands at 37%. Only 27% of women in India are gainfully employed. “These are the numbers that pose a challenge to the lawmakers and lawmakers of this country, and this is where NITI AAyog’s efforts in empowering women entrepreneurs through WEP is specially commendable”, he added.
India’s Ranking Poor
India’s ranking in terms of giving equal opportunity to women is something that needs immediate attention. Across the country, there are more than 8 million women who have started or are running their businesses, with more than 58% of women entrepreneurs starting their ventures between the ages of 20 and 30 and the onus was on initiatives like WEP & Startup India to keep up the momentum, he added.
The vice presidnet said “discrimination against women has to end, be it in terms of differential wages or skewed opportunities for career advancement, the private sector can play a major role in ending discrimination by being equal opportunity employers and it is time that the ‘glass ceiling’ is shattered”.
“discrimination against women has to end, be it in terms of differential wages or skewed opportunities for career advancement, the private sector can play a major role in ending discrimination by being equal opportunity employers and it is time that the ‘glass ceiling’ is shattered”
The vice president congratulated the NITI Aayog for creating this platform, the WEP Summit, to deliberate upon the various facets of women empowerment, a crucial ingredient of growth and an essential precondition for development. He further said that the WTI Awards being presented today by the NITI Aayog seek to honor the achievements of women entrepreneurs. I truly feel privileged to be amongst such accomplished women achievers, he added.