Tuesday 23rd June, 2020
An hour-long Unleashing India Women’s Special Web summit was held today by The Policy Times. The session emphasized on how Covid- 19 had affected Women in their present form in various avatars and provided different suggestions on how Women can play a lead role by reinventing themselves as things start opening up with high expectations.
The Web summit was chaired by Dr. P. Sekhar, the Chairman of Global Smart City Panel MTGF, with eminent panelists including Dr. Rupa Shah, Ex- Vice-Chancellor of SNDT University, Ms. Sunita Mantri, CMD Enko Enviro Services Pvt Ltd, Accredited Environmental Consultant with Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Dr.Masooma Rizvi, International Architect, Interior Designer, Museology, and Art Curation, Founder of Belita Design Solutions, Dr. Megha Phansalkar, World Bank Consultant and Urban & Regional Planner.
Mr. Akram Hoque, Founder- Editor of The Policy Times, started with throwing light on the topic of discussion for today and giving and idea the purpose for the show. He introduced all the eminent speakers on the panel.
The main purpose of the show was to discuss the policy issues and to discuss the solutions that the country is going through and how different stakeholders from various sections of the society can contribute to national growth. The Web summit was chaired by Dr. P. Sekhar, the Chairman of Global Smart City Panel MTGF, he welcomed all the eminent speakers and started his introductory speech, saying that the Web summit is organized for the woman achievers. He also added, “In today’s Indian Scenario the lord of Education, the lord of Wealth and the lord of Strength i.e., Goddess Saraswati, Goddess Laxmi, and Goddess Parvati all three are women.” And in the present scenario when Covid- 19 is hitting hard from all sides what should we do to reinvent the scenario of the country.
Video Link- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeSkVFz7r5A
Ms. Sunita Mantri, CMD Enko Enviro Services Pvt Ltd, Accredited Environmental Consultant with Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change stated that Covid- 19 has paused everything and when it comes to a professional front everything is halted and this is the time when we paused and took a look behind what we have done and what are the corrective measures to be taken now to bring a change in our future. She added by saying that, “You need not be an engineer or technocrat to be an environmentalist, you can do sociology, and you can do humanities and then come and work in the front on a social profile which is directly impacted on the environment.” If there is a revival in some industries and if we start reutilizing our resources there will surely be a boost in the environment in the next 30 to 40 days. So these are the minute levels they have started working on to bring the economy back.
Dr.Masooma Rizvi, International Architect, Interior Designer, Museology, and Art Curation, Founder of Belita Design Solutions, start by thanking The Policy Times and Dr. P. Shekhar for having her in such an interesting discussion. She is an Artisan and a craftsperson, emphasized the Women artisans as the most vulnerable group in India be it Social, Cultural, or in Economic perspective. Her main focus is to give stability in this crisis to those women who are financially unstable because the information regarding everything that is going on in the country is not conveyed to them and they do not have any idea of how they will adjust to the present scenario, or how to continue with their livelihoods as money is the reality of life. There were times when these artisans were paid only 10% of the amount and the rest were taken by the middle man. Dr. Rizvi had registered all the women artisans directly to the government and now they get the entire amount. She looks forward to finding more resources to give them a proper way of living at least.
Mr. Akram Hoque requested the speakers to bring suggestions on policy level as it’ll bring more women into the workforce. In this context Dr. Rizvi said that the most important is awareness, which should be taken care of, women need adjustable times and the world needs to be more empathetic towards the needs of women. Everything will work if the government makes policies around various roles that a woman has in her personal life and gives that kind of liberty to work. There should not be a particular “way” of working. If the needs of women are kept in mind then a woman will give you 10 times more. Dr. Megha added to this by saying that women should be allowed in the higher ends of the ladder of decision making. The higher the rise of the women more will be the rise of the country.
Mr. Akram Hoque ended the summit by giving a remark of thanks to everyone for being on the show and said that Women can do anything and everything. He said, “We need to bring Women at the top of our country, it was found in research during the Covid- 19 that the countries led by female leaders have grown higher even in this Covid crisis as compared to the countries led by the powerful strong male leaders.”
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