Women Are actually bridging the gender gap when it comes to education. But the same cannot be said when it comes to the workforce. The organisations mentioned below act as mentors and help them step back into the corporate space.
Women Are actually bridging the gender gap when it comes to education. But the same cannot be said when it comes to the workforce. the labour force participation rate of women has been falling – from 37 per cent in 2004-05 to 29 per cent in 2009-10. In 2011-2012, women comprised 14.7 per cent of all urban workers, a small increase from the 13.4 per cent in 1972-73.
Many organisations have been working towards helping women join as well as re-join the workforce. Employers are also recognising the importance of diversity and at the same time, are seeing women who are getting back to work after a break as a viable group when it comes to hiring. When women have had a break after having a baby or for taking care of an elderly family member, the organisations mentioned below act as mentors and help them step back into the corporate space.
Founded by Manjula Dharmalingam and Madhuri Kale in November 2014, HerSecondInnings has a presence in Bengaluru and Mumbai, and offers ‘work from home’ options, temporary assignments, permanent jobs, projects and consultancy and entrepreneurial opportunities. HerSecondInnings was founded with the principle that just helping women find a job is not enough and women professionals have to be empowered at all levels. Over 2,000 women have been accessing the portal for job options as well as for coaching to help develop their skills as well as better understand their options. There are e-coaching sessions as well, which women can attend online.
Set up in 2015, Chennai based Avtar-I-Win has been a pioneer in bringing a woman back into the workforce. Dr Saundarya Rajesh, Founder of Avtar I-Win, believes that equality often does not work in the gender space in corporations, due to the various unique issues that working women face in India. They facilitated the hiring of around 450 women employees for the Future Group way back in 2006. Avtar I-Win has nearly 40,000 women on its network and has placed 8,000 women after a break
Bengaluru based JobsForHer was founded a year back by Neha Bagaria. JobsForHer had organised a mega Diversity Drive from March 7th to March 11th to coincide with this Women’s Day. Top companies across India like Sapient, Target, MakeMyTrip, Reliance, Mindtree and Mantri developers participated in the drive. With this drive, JobsForHer is also opening up its portal beyond Bengaluru and moving to a pan-India mode with a focus on Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai.
Sairee Chahal co-founded Noida-based SHEROES.in in January 2014. SHEROES curates corporate jobs as well as flexible and work-from-home jobs for women in India. SHEROES has been building a community of working women, helping them find mentors and resources. They focus on helping women who are seeking a career along with maintaining a work-life balance.
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