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Second Edition of Gender Equality Summit

Global Compact Network India (GCNI) – A local arm of United Nations Global Compact, New York today announced the second edition of its Gender Equality Summit, 2019 scheduled to be held here on March 1st, 2019.

The Summit will have participants including CEOs, CXOs, Heads of Corporate organizations including Public Sector besides representatives from Academia, Civil Society and UN entities from across India. The participants will seek for solutions and formulate corrective actions on Gender Equality and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), agreed by 195 countries of the United Nations.

The theme for this year is: ‘Preparing women for the future of work’ – which revolves around the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and its allied mechanisms and look at solutions as to how the Governments, private sector, not-for-profits and communities at large can contribute towards creating an ecosystem around building safer workplace & empowering culture. The objective is to provide equal opportunity to women and for their effective participation at workplace.

The Summit also aims towards building a clear roadmap towards gender equality at workplaces in India. It will focus on driving and bringing in change for inclusive and equal opportunities in employment and growth for the women workforce.

The summit will also provide a platform to highlight issues related to gender inequality in India and discuss ways to overcome these concerns. Over 250 leaders including leading Industry professionals, policy makers, Civil Society Organisations, academia & UN agencies, are likely to participate in the event.

One of the major highlights of the event is the `Best Innovative Practices Awards 2019 “Women at Workplace”. The award is aimed at encouraging and acknowledges inclusive workplace practices by organizations across different sectors. It is a powerful platform to showcase best examples from organizations across Public and Private Sector Enterprises, Multinationals, MSMEs, NGOs, Entrepreneurs and B schools and will inspire others to proactively promote women empowerment at workplace in their respective spheres.

At the Summit, a research paper on Preparing Women in India for the 4th Industrial Revolution will also be launched in association with Deloitte.

Key takeaways from the event will be:

  1. Gain Insights on emerging trends of gender equality globally.
  2. Understanding the future of work for women with the rise of 4th industrial revolution.
  3. Role of female entrepreneurship in powering the 4th industry revolution.

Among the eminent personalities including Mr. Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog; Mr Deepak Dwivedi Chairman Editor in Chief Dainik Bhaskar Noida, Ms. Vaishali Sinha, Chair GES 2019 Chief Sustainability, CSR & Communication Officer, ReNew Power; Dr. Uddesh Kohli, Senior Advisor, UNGC; Ms. Nishtha Satyam, Deputy Country Representative, India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka; Mr. Shashi Shanker President – GCNI & CMD, ONGC Group of Companies; Naina Lal Kidwai, Country Head and Group General Manager of HSBC India; Independent Director, Max Financial Services and Senior Advisor, Advent Private Equity; and Former President, FICCI; Aparna Piramal Raje, Columnist & Author at HT Mint on business, design, urbanisation & workplaces; Ms. Anjali Singh, SVP & COO, GENPACT; Dr. Shikha Nehru Sharma, Founder, Nutri Health Systems Pvt. Ltd; Erwin Steinhauser, MD and CEO, Sandvik Asia Pvt Ltd amongst others will attend the event.

About Global Compact Network India (GCNI)

As a United Nations Global Compact local arm, Global Compact Network India (GCNI) has been acting as a country level platform in providing a robust platform for Indian businesses, academic institutions and civil society organizations to join hands for strengthening responsible business practices. We and our members remain fully committed to the ‘10 Principles of United Nations Global Compact’ in areas of Human Rights, Labour, Environment and Anti-corruption and the 17 ‘Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’ adopted in September 2015, by all 193 Member States of the United Nations including India in order to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect our planet. It has also emerged as the largest corporate sustainability initiative in India and globally with a pan India membership of over 370 leading business and non-business participants their commitment to the UNGC.



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