‘Gender equality needs to be achieved in work distribution’

Patricia Mukhim lights the inaugural lamp at the seminar on Saturday.

SHILLONG: Against the backdrop that during the last two decades there has been an increase in the proportion of women at entry and middle-level management positions, resulting largely from the activities of the women’s movement, policies of the political system, initiatives in the education, and corporate equal opportunity initiatives, Don Bosco Institute of Management (DBIM) organized a seminar on Women at Workplace: Current Trends & Concerns on Saturday at their Kharguli Campus in Guwahati.

Speaking at the inaugural session of the seminar Padmashree Particia Mukhim, eminent journalist and Editor of The Shillong Times said that gender equality needs to be achieved in the work distribution, not only in the professional world but also in the personal workspace.

Further she emphasized that there were certain inhibitions regarding mentoring female subordinates especially at the higher echelons of an organization. Such things needs to be addressed and legislations/policies should focus on such dimensions for effective gender equality.

In his address, B Paul Muktieh, Chairman cum Managing Director NEDFi emphasized on the fact that one cannot ignore the increasing participation of women in our workplaces. He cited his personal experiences in the banking sector since 1980 in this regard. The seminar was attended by representatives of civil society, private corporate sector, Government officials, educators and students.

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