Role of Women in the Business World

Respect and attention are two things every person wants – that applies to both men and women. Yet, many people are still baffled by the idea of an empowered female doing the speaking for once and taking centre stage. This is what International Women’s Day is all about: bringing the ideas of social justice front and centre.

For far too long, feminists have struggled under the yoke of oppression under authoritarian rulers. Women have been shoehorned into society’s definition of what it means to be modest. Men, on the other hand, are trapped under the closely guarded ideals of toxic masculinity. We’ve come a long way since, but there’s still a longer way to go.

And while we’ve made great strides over the years, no country has truly achieved equality. Before skeptics argue about the pointlessness of the whole gender equality movement in 2020, let’s take a closer look at the statistics:

  • In India, only 17% of female-owned businesses employ hired staff
  • Women only own 20 percent of all businesses in India
  • Less than 25 percent of parliamentarians were women as of 2019
  • 1 in 3 women experience gender-based violence
  • 33,000 girls become child brides every day
  • Women in impoverished areas of Africa spend 40 billion hours collecting water every year

As long as statistics like these continue to exist, we’ll need an equality movement, and that’s what International Women’s Day hopes to accomplish.

Picture a world where every person, irrespective of the gender they identify with, has equal rights and opportunities— a world where women are not afraid of leaving their homes at night and they get paid equally for work of equal value.

Imagine equal gender participation in political leadership and business meetings where female leaders get to make an impact on the market as a whole.

Although we’ve made some headway in gender equality, the key issues for women are the same as they were hundreds of years ago:

  • Violence against women
  • Lack of equal pay for work of equal value
  • Underrepresentation of women in top business and political positions
  • Harassment at the workplace and in universities

Progress can only be made if all stakeholders come together to discuss key issues. A few blog posts and sensational stories about rural India will not make a difference.

Let’s make International Women’s Day about gender equality and playing our role to make a truly positive difference in the lives of women.

At Corpkart, gender equality actions are close to our business practices and we are committed to Generation Equality for every person in our organisation. We firmly believe in an equal world free of toxic biases, where equality is important. It’s time to break down barriers for women and girls.

Corpkart is committed to #Generation Equality for every person in our organisation!