Five Things of Women Entrepreneurship that the Modi Government Should Stress On

In the recently concluded Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Hyderabad, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed a lot on women empowerment and women entrepreneurship in India. Considering women as incarnation of “Maa Shakti”, he said, “We believe women empowerment is crucial to our development”.

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But when it comes to statistical data, India still has to go a long way to be a country where all or most of the women are empowered. According to the Sixth Economic Census, out of the 58.5 million entrepreneurs, only 8.05 million are women entrepreneurs, which is just 13.76 percent of the total entrepreneurs in the country. Only 10% of entrepreneurial ventures are launched by women in India, as of now.

What is the reason for such a low growth? What are the problems faced by women entrepreneurs in our country? What steps should the government take for growth in women entrepreneurship?

  1. Access to capital: The first hurdle is of course access to capital to get the business started. The majority of women entrepreneurs have had to rely on their own self-generated finances and savings. Not all women get the benefit of inherited property. Bank loans and grants are more easily available only when the business becomes established. There are many who have dreams of starting something on their own but their dreams get shattered due to lack of funds to start their business. If the government of India provides easy access to capital and finances for women, it would go a long way in helping women entrepreneurs.
  2. Mentoring:All women need mentoring when they take the plunge of starting something. This becomes all the more necessary when you belong to a family where there is no member having any previous experience on doing business. With proper guide and support, it becomes easy for a woman to start up a venture. Hence, the GOI should support women entrepreneurs with proper mentorship and organizing awareness programs, workshops, seminars with focus on women entrepreneurship so that women entrepreneurs know that the governmental support is available for mentorship and guidance. While we do see a significant presence of women in the SME sector who have taken up various business initiatives to make some extra money, such enterprises can expand more only when they have access to mentorship. The government should start providing mentors to women entrepreneurs if it really is looking for women empowerment and entrepreneurship in the country in a bigger way.
  3. Licensing policies: Another effort that the government should take into consideration to encourage women entrepreneurship is to provide a single window for licenses. At present, women face lot of hurdles for registrations and paper works and maintaining documents. Too many licenses are required to start a business for which one has to go to various government bodies. There are many who do not opt for entrepreneurship solely because of the hurdles involved in the registration process. Hence, the government should provide the benefit of single window licensing for women entrepreneurs to start their business.
  4. Focus on learning: Modi government has already started the “beti padhao, beti bachaocampaign”. Beyond that, the government should also make the facilities for learning and education in all business aspects easily accessible to women across the country. There are not enough opportunities for women to learn about trading or businesses or they are not properly educated to make the ones they run viable. Make learning accessible to all, not only for the young girls but also for women who want to start their own business. It is necessary for Government to provide training to women entrepreneurs to set up their own bank accounts, to make them digitally advanced and to access the internet so as to expand their business on their own.
  5. Proper safety issues:Another factor that should be taken care of by the government at the outset is the safety of women. Women safety should be taken into priority by the government if the country really needs to be developed in all aspects. A woman when she moves out of her house and enters the world of male dominated society, she needs to assured that she is well-protected in the outside world. Only then more and more women can come forward. As women entrepreneurs, they need to go out for various issues related to their business. But with increase in the number of rapes, assaults, molestation in the country, not all women dare to move out of their homes. We cannot talk of women empowerment when women are not safe. The government needs to ensure safety of women, make them feel safe when they travel and face the world outside with pride and dignity.

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Top 6 Policies Adopted by Hindustan Unilever to Maintain Work Life Balance

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Top 6 Policies Adopted by Hindustan Unilever to Maintain Work Life Balance

Hindustan Unilever (HUL), India’s largest FMCG company, has introduced certain policies in order to maintain the perfect balance between professional and personal lives for the overall betterment of its employees. These are wonderful work-life balance initiatives taken by HUL, the company with over 80 years of existence in the country, manufacturing some of the best known products used by almost the entire population. These policies adopted by the company have helped its employees, especially the women employees to go hand-in-hand with work, fun and family.

  1. Policy of Career Break: Any manager of HUL is allowed to take a break of a period of 5 years in total. This is known as Career Break policy. Any manager can avail this policy for various reasons, be it leave for higher study, child care, paternity, maternity, sabbatical or pursuing any interest or hobby etc. Such a career break policy will help the employees to manage a perfect work life balance.
  2. Facilities in the Work Place: HUL’s head office at Mumbai is available with all facilities that allow employees to work as well to have fun. There are day-care facilities inside the office complex, helpful for the new mothers. You will also find bank, cafe, shopping centre, florist at the office premise. The office is also furnished with a gymnasium. There are drop facilities available for women employees working late escorted by guards. Such facilities available inside the office premises not only ensure a perfect working environment but also help the employees to perform better.
  3. Maternity and Paternity Support: Another advantageous initiative adopted by the company is the launching of the integrated online portal called Maternity and Paternity Support (MAPS), which enables employees taking maternity or paternity leaves to keep themselves associated with their job responsibilities and company’s events and news via various tools, resources and guidance during this transition period. So anyone who joins the organisation after a break does not take time to come back on the track.
  4. Agile Working: HUL is known for its technology-enabled environment that helps employees to avail policies like as flexible hours, work from home, and part-time working, reduced hours and also a job share policy. Such policies are very helpful for women employees to maintain a perfect work life balance.
  5. Lamplighter Employee Programme: The company has also introduced a health incentive program by the name of “Lamplighter Employee Programme”, which enables employees to address health issues and eliminate health risks. There are regular checks on the fitness, mental condition and the nutrition level of employees. On the basis of the health quotient, the employees are assigned colour codes (green, amber and red). There is also the Medical and Occupational Health Team which encourages employees to adopt a healthy lifestyle through various health promotion and protection programmes and help employees to transit from Red (bad health) to Amber and from Amber to Green (good health).
  6. Career by Choice programme: This is a program solely adopted for the women employees to give them a direction to join work after a long gap. Any women employee joining back after a long break, be it for maternity or marriage or sickness or any other reason, is given a structured induction training program to gradually move to the work life.

GharSeNaukri is acting towards balancing a work life balance in women’s career by providing work from home opportunities by creating  jobs  from corporate’s.

 

 

Meet Mrs. Anamika Majumdar: Kaun Banega Crorepati 2017 Winner of Rs. 1 Crore

It is said that when you have the dreams to do big and the wings to fly to reach your dreams and fulfil your passion, nobody can stop you. This is exactly proved by Mrs. Anamika Majumdar, a housewife and a social worker from Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. On October 3, 2017, she became the first winner of Rs. 1 crore in the ninth and the current season of the popular TV show Kaun Banega Crorepati.

Anamika was very practical and was very steady in her approach to give her answers in the quiz show. In the 1 crore question, she was left with no lifelines but even then she chose the correct answer after reasoning with all the options. Her confidence, risk taking attitude and practical approach impressed even Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, the host of the show. She also made to the jackpot question of Rs. 7 crore but decided to quit as she didn’t knew the answer, which made it clear that she was not carried away by greed. Forty one years of age, married with two kids, a son and a daughter, she played the game with confidence. Her knowledge and reasoning skills made her win the game.

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Let us now know more about Mrs. Anamika Majumdar

She is just one among the many women in India:  a mother, a wife and a homemaker. She is also a social worker who runs an NGO of her own by the name of “Faith in India”. Her NGO does charity works to help under-privileged children and uplifting of women in Jharkand. She is a commerce graduate and was forced into marriage by her parents though she had dreams of doing big for herself. Her husband is 10 years older to her and never appreciated her spending too much time on social works and neglecting her children.  But it was her passion to help the poor and her passion was her life. She has been doing her duties as a mother and a wife diligently but at the same time continues with her social services, which gives her solace and mental peace.

What made her participate in the show?

Since her NGO does not have much funds and she always have the desire to help the poor and downtrodden in the society, this became her motivation to participate in the show.

How did she prepare for the show?

Anamika said that for two weeks before the show, she prepared a lot reading various quiz books. However, she was always fond of watching quiz shows on television. With her 2 children growing up, though she didn’t get much time to watch TV, she used to read about current affairs and general news a lot which help her a lot in the game. She also said that she was lucky enough to get questions pertaining to the areas which she had studied.

How will she spent the prize money?

She said that with her prize money, she will now be able to contribute more for her NGO and work towards uplifting the women of her locality and help the poor children. Though like every other normal woman, she was initially been tempted to use her money immediately but she prevented herself from doing it. She will come up with the best possible way to utilize her money in a good way. Infact, she was also advised by Mr. Bachchan to use this huge amount wisely and not take any hasty decision.

Anamika Majumdar also said that she wanted to dedicate her win of Kaun Banega Crorepati to her “peepal tree” with whom she used to have a telepathic conversation every day. She considered her peepal tree as her best friend and her constant support all these years.

We the team of GharSeNaukri congratulate Mrs. Anamika Majumdar and wish her all luck and success in her life. This story should also be an eye opener for thousands of Indian women not to let go off their passions and dream big for their lives.

 

 

AM ‘POWERED’…Do You Believe it

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A Action and Attitude to be an active agent of change. Approach is to shoulder all familial responsibilities and balance work and home.

M – Meticulous and Methodical to nurture and create a beautiful home and community. Minute specific details of a good housekeeping be it cooking, parental care, children’s responsibility and helping hubby to share the responsibilities is taken care off.

 P – Perseverance and Patience are the two virtues which helps her going. Besides the perfect wife, mother and daughter at home, She has the potential to work and be economically independent.

O – Open your horizon. Optimize your expertise. Offer your services and skills.  Join the bandwagon who work from home and do business ventures working from home.

W– Work from Home in the field of your expertise or interest. Pursue your passion as a career too. Explore all opportunities to work from home, devote dedicated hours and earn!

E – Entrepreneurial opportunities to boost your income, morale and happiness. You craft a product, you provide expert services or you want to take up a business opportunity with an established industry or brand.  Fly high with success.

R– Risk taker, The woman of action, The achiever are your inherent qualities. Unfold and unleash these with exploring the prospects of working from home. Relaxation time can be made productive.

E – Engage, Connect, Join the career and community portal and check the job and business opportunities. Evolve as the perfect social capacity builder. Earn from the comforts of your home.

D– Dynamo is you! You are the go getter and self starter who bought a revolutionary change in your own self and is now the source of inspiration of many.

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Home vs. Career –Epic Battle Continues for Women

Can women battle stereotypes? Is a woman assertive enough to lead? If a woman has a successful career, does it mean she neglects her home? And if a woman balances her home and career, does it mean she is disloyal to her career? Call them issues, questions and points to be pondered or debated, the underlying highlight is that women still encounter the age old battle of which is more important – home or career.

Breaking Stereotypes with GharSeNaukri
Breaking Stereotypes with GharSeNaukri

Till date, society places the classical double bind on a woman. ‘Can a working mother raise healthy children?’ This is the archetypical question which comes to everyone’s mind. Another societal bias which a working woman faces if she chooses not to have children is that she is under constant scrutiny.  Hungry for power, self – centred, indifferent, are the words which are attributed to her. Her society and family leaves no stone unturned to constantly remind her of the misdeed she is performing by not fulfilling the expectations of the society.

A survey by National Parenting Association, USA reveals that successful women assume more responsibility of home and children than their male counterparts.  Working women devote more time to children. The primary level of stress which leads them to overburden themselves is ‘guilt’. Juggling a career and home is not just time consuming but requires a great deal of planning and strategising, and when a woman is trying to meet these, the label of ‘Good Mother ‘and ‘Bad Mother’ comes up. Good mothers raise their own children and bad mothers leave them at someone else’s care. Can anything be more conflicting when she is pitted against her own child’s future on one hand and her dreams, her aspirations or her ambitions on the other?

We have a vast population of women on who gave up their professions because of this epic battle.  But the time has now come to herald a change. GharSeNaukri, the Job and Business opportunity portal for women believes in empowering her by allowing her to balance family and career. Women need to be included into the workforce by offering opportunities of various types and enhance their expertise and skills. Providing opportunities to work from home or start with a business venture working from home shall enable women workforce to get integrated and throw aside all stereotypical notions

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Let’s Step It Up ……for Gender Equality

Women's DayCan we have a planet 50-50 by 2030 or does it sound very utopian? Does it not sound ludicrous when we still discuss gender equality in this modern age? Don’t we feel embarrassed when we still grapple for equal opportunities for men and women? India is a nation whose Continue reading “Let’s Step It Up ……for Gender Equality”

Women Entrepreneurs – Weaving A Change

Career and Community Portal for Women
Career and Community Portal for Women

Indian women are an embodiment of strength and perseverance. Women have achieved several prominent positions, defied traditional norms, overcome barriers to for an equitable access to employment and entrepreneurial opportunities. Despite challenges, and many a time the transition from policies to effective implementation of women centric laws to enable women to be economically empowered remaining ineffective, women have rose against these drawbacks and evolved as a symbol of change.

There exists a host of agencies in India both at the centre and state level to promote women entrepreneurship in India.  Federation of Indian Women Entrepreneurs (FIWE), Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Organization (MSME-DO), National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) and International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Career Development (ICECD) all have segments of policies to cater to women entrepreneurs. Besides these, India has several promotional and regulatory policies which provide a blue print to assist women led enterprises. Continue reading “Women Entrepreneurs – Weaving A Change”

Social Mission of GharSeNaukri

GharSeNaukri.com – Building Stronger Relations for a Woman.

Classical economists or development experts will generally opine that Start-ups are initiated primarily with the motive to earn profit. Over the years big and established business houses are focusing on Corporate Social Responsibility. Philanthropy or charities are promoted by successful business families. Thus championing a societal goal is a typical business strategy and many a time it opens up avenues for new business profits. The contribution of all types of businesses is highly appreciative, their concern to promote societal goals is admirable….but there are a few social enterprises which work dedicatedly to fulfil their social mission and are in complete synergy with the commercial demands.

A career portal for women, who want to work from home or be an entrepreneur, is a big challenge in itself……there is a mission behind its core objective – women emancipation, however within the self drawn margins by women themselves. There has to be a platform which offers opportunities galore and embody the belief that how much of work hours a woman wants to put in is a matter of her choice. It respects that ‘the choice’ made by a woman is the first step of empowerment. Economic independence of women is a major factor for empowering women. A community network for women…with dash of difference is the requirement of the day. This is what GharSeNaukri stands for.

According to a report by Forbes, 24% women are part of the workforce in India. But only 5% of these reach the top layer as compared to a global average of 20%. The major contributing factors being child care and very recent studies reveal that a large population of working women are leaving jobs for the eldercare too. On one hand it reveals a significant debatable issue of our child care and elder care policies/services accessible to them, and on the other exposes the bitter reality that leaving a job is not just a loss for the woman but also to the organization which has invested in her.

We thus need to create an enabling environment of inclusion. Companies, businesses, organizations too are changing their recruitment profile and hiring professionals on short term or part time basis. This is a revolution which enables both professionals to utilize their expertise and organizations to fulfil their employee requirement without having to invest much. This revolution is channelized by the platform of GharSeNaukri – a perfect interface for employers and professionals. GSN has started a change…..be a part of its journey which is going to be a rewarding experience.

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Insights into Women Workforce Scenario

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Women Workforce

Is it true that policy on women empowerment is only on papers? Is it a bitter reality that though women are an integral part of the social structure, yet her health, nutrition, economic equality is hardly a priority in the Indian society? If data speaks…then the situation is alarming! Do the majority of Indian women have access to equal opportunities of work? Unfortunately….a big NO! Women emancipation or equal opportunities for women in workforce is considered as one of the parameters of economic growth of a nation.

International Labour Organization states that between 2004 to 2011, Indian economy grew at a healthy average of 7%, yet India witnessed a decline in female labour participation from 35% to 25%. This raises the question of why the decline?….In  urban areas we witness a lot of women belonging to various economic strata moving out of the houses to earn a living! So why we as a nation fair so poorly with Bangladesh and Indonesia when it comes to women economic empowerment?

World Bank states that there are 217 million missing women in India’s workforce and India has one of the worst gender gaps in labour force participation. Are these data real? Do these figures really matter in a normal Indian household? Is increase in women workforce really a sign of women emancipation? Modern urban woman, though perhaps not the majority, enjoy access to opportunities of various types – internet, social life, community bonding…..but here what matter is the realization that the appalling women labour force participation in India is a structural problem – social roles, family responsibilities….and the list goes on! Every woman has to understand her responsibility and realize that making her aspirations come true, is reflection of her true self!

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GharSeNaukri – Enabling Women Empowerment in India

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Shades of Women Empowerment GharSeNaukri

GharSeNaukri is a unique platform for women from all walks of life which firmly believes that women can ‘Have it all! Do it all! Regardless of what field they are in.’ The Global Gender Gap Index by the World Economic Forum captures the magnitude of gender-based disparities in various countries and as per 2014 report; India is below average in Economic Participation and opportunity and is part of the twenty worst-performing countries on Labour force participation (ranked at 134 out of 142 countries).

Majority of working women in India still face the stereotypical myriad of issues – childcare, unfair share of domestic chores, gender bias at work, extreme work conditions, security issues and eldercare. This leads to a lower rate of women employment and lesser retention in the workforce. Thus a holistic and a comprehensive platform can be a catalyst for women empowerment. This catalyst of change with the motive of engaging women with flexible working hours and enhancing entrepreneurial skills is the underlying statement concept of GharSeNaukri.

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