Synergians salute the power of Indian woman. It’s amazing. But we neglect our women talent. WOMAN TALENT MONTH is one month long campaign against the discrimination and difficulties women face in higher education, employment and career advancement due to the negative mindset of our society. Our families, employers and society play major role in wasting woman talent by obstructing women from pursuing higher education, employment and career advancement.
Families obstruct women from pursuing higher education, employment or career advancement due to
- Concerns about safety at workplace and on their way back to home
- Work timings
- To care small children, aged parents etc
- Restrictions imposed by family or community
Employers obstruct women talent by giving preferring men over women due to the presumed difficulties of women such as
- Difficulty to work after sunset
- Difficulties to get engaged in jobs which require extensive travel, night stay etc.
- Difficulty to report for emergencies after normal work hours
- Difficulty to relocate and possibilities to discontinue from work after marriage
- Requires maternity leaves and possibility to be absent or to be late for work frequently due to the reasons such as taking care of children, aged parents etc
Society discourage women from pursuing research and employment by popularizing certain taboos and prejudices such as
- Most of the women work in certain type of jobs are immoral
- Women travel alone or traveling after sunset are approachable for adultery
- Sexual compromise is required to get PhD
- Women are not intelligent and creative as men, because they are just mugging up
- Women are feeble minded and emotional. So they can’t take assignments involve high risk and tension
The solutions for this issue are
- Society needs to change its mindset
- Society must make its schools, colleges, workplaces and passenger service ‘woman friendly’.
In 2013 we initiated the theme “Men are the alms of Women” to create an awareness among the society about the role of women in creation and maintenance of families and societies. Maternity and caring of the children should not restrain women from employment and career advancements. Companies should consider flexible timings for mother and father and families should consider proper sharing of child caring/parent caring responsibilities to ensure that woman gets chance to continue her career.
In 2014, we initiated the theme ‘Women- Beyond Her Hidden Shells’ to highlight and fight against the mindsets of society which prevent women from reaching the top of society. As part of celebrations we conducted ‘Coffee with Heroines of Cochin’ programme and conducted first ever Best Women Doctoral Fellow competition.