‘Women Not Given Fair Share In Business Sector’

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New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday said it was regrettable that women have not been given a fair share in the business arena, and urged India Inc to take strong steps towards creating gender-sensitive supply chains.

Women in India contribute to the economy at work and at home, but when it comes to business, it is “regrettable that they have not been given their due”, the president said while addressing the annual session of FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) in New Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that women constitute half our country,”We need to create conditions for more and more of our daughters and sisters to come into the workforce. We need to push harder to ensure appropriate, encouraging and safe conditions at home, in society and at the work-place to enhance the percentage of working women.”

The President said that if more women become part of the workforce, both household incomes and our GDP will rise. We will become a more prosperous nation. Much greater than that, we will become a more equal society.

The President said that we need to take the magic of entrepreneurship to – and facilitate the start-ups of – our sisters and daughters at the bottom of the pyramid. The government has a role here, but so do civil society and business – and organisations such as FLO.

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