Content and Background: Ambition, competence, determination and resourcefulness do not come with gender labels. Women enter India’s workforce in large numbers, and deliver valuable contribution to the gross national domestic product. However, despite India’s admirable record of economic growth in the past two decades, gender inequities in the workplace continue to persist and only few women enter the highest levels of organizational hierarchies resulting in the fact that women in leadership position are underrepresented both in political and private sector.
GIZ Gender Day Meet: It is with this intent, that GIZ India organized its seventh Gender Meet on 9th March, Wednesday, 2016 with the following theme: ‘Step it up: Women, Work and Equality’. The Gender Meet was followed by a GIZ Gender Market Place which aimed at showcasing our Gender Applications for this year’s Gender Competition 2016.
The Gender Meet began with a welcome address by our Country Director – Dr. Wolfgang Hannig. Dr. Hannig spoke of the countless contributions that women made to society, the women’s movement, the importance of International Women’s Day and stressed on the fact that GIZ India values women and men’s contributions equally and calls for gender balanced leadership by challenging conscious and unconscious bias and by creating inclusive and flexible work culture. He also briefed us on the complications of wage parity and urged us all to ‘Step it up’.
The Gender Meet moved on to have an engaging discussion with our 2 expert key speakers: the highly respected and acclaimed Dr. Ranjana Kumari (from Centre for Social Research) along with Prof. Rekha Rajan (from JNU) brought out key issues in a simple manner. Our GIZ Portfolio Manager – Ms. Tanja Feldmann facilitated the discussion and brought about a very engaging discussion between both the key speakers. The discussion revolved around patriarchy, mindset change, reservations and quota systems and also went around indulging in discussing gender based discrimination and the Glass Ceiling. This led to an array of questions from the audience who very actively engaged in understanding more and were keen on engaging on the topic.
GIZ Gender Market Place: Post the discussion, the GIZ Gender Market Place was officially opened, where colleagues had a chance to network, talk, engage and understand more of the work which others were doing. The projects which has applied for the GIZ Gender Competition 2016, put up their stalls with not just their publications and charts but also foot tapping music related to their project! The atmosphere was lively, the afternoon engaging and the motivation to step it up with a commitment.
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Be a part of GIZ India’s 7th Annual Gender Day !
Theme: Step It Up: Women, Work and Equality
When: Wednesday, 9th March 2016, 2:30 – 5:00 pm (IST)
Where: New Delhi, GIZ Office Premises ‘Bamboo Garden’(for GIZ India Gender Meet), + GIZ Roof Top (for GIZ India Gender Market Place)
With: GIZ Country Director – Dr. Wolfgang Hannig, Well known Key Note Speakers from India– Dr. Ranjana Kumari (Director, Center for Social Research) and Prof Dr. Rekha Rajan (Jawaharlal Nehru University) and all the GIZ India award applicants for the 2016 Gender Competition and GIZ Staff and other guests.
What: GIZ India values women and men’s contributions equally and calls for gender balanced leadership by challenging conscious and unconscious bias and by creating inclusive and flexible work culture. Ambition, competence, determination and resourcefulness do not come with gender labels. By acknowledging and understanding the correlation of gender parity within teams, GIZ India is committed to fostering diversity and inclusivity. Addressing issues related to ‘Women in Leadership position’ is an important aspect of equal opportunities within GIZ. It is with this intent, that GIZ India will organize its seventh half-day Gender Meet followed by a GIZ India Gender Market Space.
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