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Gender parity continues to suffer at senior levels: Report

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Despite substantial rise in the number of women joining workforce in India, parity continues to suffer, especially at senior positions, as 16 per cent of organisations have no women on board level, says a survey.

As per the survey, 16 per cent respondents reported having no women on the board and 47 per cent reported that there are no more than 5 per cent women in senior management roles.

The pan survey of organisations was launched by Confederation of Indian Industry's (CII) Indian Women Network (IWN), in association with

Some of the major challenges that hinder the progress of diversity and inclusion initiatives include, unconscious bias, ineffective implementation of policies, fewer women in leadership roles, lack of awareness about the benefits of diversity, the survey noted.

According to the survey, 42 per cent female respondents said they face managerial bias. This bias is known to be present at senior levels and affects the growth of women in the workplace.

Moreover, 33 per cent female respondents believe that there are different performance standards and expectations for male and female employees working at the same level.

"This is the tipping point; we need to walk-the-talk on equality and women empowerment. fares rather poorly on the Disparity Index, which is extremely worrying," said Pallavi Jha Chairperson, CII IWN Western Region and Managing Director, Dale Carnegie

The report further noted 69 per cent of organisations have been unable to understand the financial benefits of diversity.

"Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) policy implementation is crucial and needs to be monitored by senior management to assess the efficacy of the same," said Aashish Kasad, Partner and Region Diversity and Inclusion Leader,

Responses in the survey came from over 17 states covering multiple sectors like services, manufacturing, IT, pharma, and education.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 15:35 IST
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