New Delhi: Railtel Corporation of India Limited (RailTel) on Tuesday celebrated International Women's Day at its Corporate Office of New Delhi and at its Regional & Territory offices spread across the country.
At its headquarter in New Delhi, RailTel's Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) Puneet Chawla delivered a special address at the celebration ceremony while Dr Neetu Jain, Associate Professor (Organization & Behavioral Science Area), Chair Incharge, Dr Ambedkar Chair in Social Justice, Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) was Chief Guest who gave a talk on gender sensitization. RailTel's Director (Finance) AK Singh and Director (Network Planning Marketing) Sanjai Kumar were among those who spoke on the occasion. RailTel's General Manager (Administration) Ruchira Chatterjee conducted the programme. RailTel's General Manager (IT/Projects) Haritima Jaipuriar proposed the vote of thanks.
The theme for this year's International Women's Day is "gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow," #BreakTheBias.
On this occasion, Women's special Newsletter 'Aparajita' celebrating the women achievers of RailTel was released. The achievers among the women employees of RailTel were also given Women's Day award.
In his address, Chawla said, "I wish all my female colleagues very happy International Women's Day. This day is a global day celebrating the achievements of women in different fields like social, economic, cultural and political. The day marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity, celebrating women's achievements, raising awareness about women's equality.
Women are the backbone of the family and the bedrock of a nation. They bring life into the world. Our mothers, sisters and daughters share a core value of caring for others. RailTel provides its employees an inclusive workplace where working and growth opportunity is equal for all. We have women employees at almost all levels starting from Executive officers to Executive Directors. RailTel's Northern Region, Chennai Territory, Administration and Security and ITP vertical at Corporate Office are now headed by woman executives at Executive Director and General Manager levels.
RailTel also believes in promoting women achievers and hence a number of established women were called as guests in various programmes to inspire one and all. Dr Mukta Retd. Director Haryana Education Dept. and Dr Subramaniam Bharti Awardee and Arjuna Awardee Wrestler Divya Kakran were invited to address and motivate us for the progression of Rajbhasha and Sports.
RailTel has also taken the initiative to induct more female employees to the workforce. In the past 5 years, the number of women employees (regular, deputation, outsourced) in RailTel has grown by 83 percent (from 2017 to 2021). The male-female ratio has also improved to 1:9 in 2021 from 1:14 in 2017.
The recent women-centric initiatives taken by the company are organising a session on "Cervical Cancer, Pre and Post Menopause Conditions" by Dr Asha of Artemis Hospital and sessions on tax filling and basics of mutual fund investment only for women employees.
We have to consistently and constantly work for Gender Equality & BreakTheBias. This can only be achieved through continuous education/ discussions, seminars of the role and rights of women and also sensitising the male counterparts to appreciate and respect women for their contribution in shaping society and building the nation. We have to take pledge to eradicate bias against our women colleagues. I am thankful to Dr Neetu Jain for her talk on gender sensitization."
In her address, Dr Neetu Jain said, "Gender Sensitization is need of the hour. Under Gender Sensitization, there is a need for changing the stereotype mindset of both men and women-a mindset that strongly believes that men and women are unequal entities and hence have to function in different socio-economic spaces. Gender sensitization enhances the sensitivity of people at large towards women and their problems.
Gender bias is a hindrance in the path of achieving gender equality. We all need to be more aware of biases and help to break bias in our lives through tasks and activities. It is necessary to understand at different levels, from policymaking to grass root level, that any form of gender bias is an obstacle on the way of attaining an equitable social and economic order and therefore consider addressing gender-related issues in correct perspective as a matter of priority. It is undoubtedly clear that women possess better managerial qualities and can achieve everything if given equal opportunities. I am glad to know about RailTel's efforts in making an inclusive workplace for growth for all."
Dr Neetu Jain conducted an interactive session on gender equality at the workplace.