IN­DIA: WEL­SPUN IN­DIA JOINS HANDS WITH UN WOMEN TO EN­HANCE GEN­DER EQUAL­ITY

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Wel­spun In­dia, an In­dian tex­tile man­u­fac­turer renowned as Asia’s largest Terry Towel pro­ducer, has joined hands with UN Women, a sub­sidiary of United Na­tions which works for gen­der equal­ity and women em­pow­er­ment.

The part­ner­ship will aid women em­ploy­ees at ev­ery level of the value chain. It will help them ac­cess skill­build­ing drive in tech­ni­cal and en­tre­pre­neur­ial sec­tors with an ob­jec­tive to cre­ate sus­tain­able liveli­hoods to set up gen­der equal­ity in the work­force, equal pay­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, es­tab­lish­ing a zero-ha­rass­ment en­vi­ron­ment and en­cour­ag­ing fe­male em­ploy­ees to hold lead­er­ship re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

Nishtha Satyam, Deputy Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, UN Women, of­fice for Bhutan, In­dia, Mal­dives, and Sri Lanka, elu­ci­dated that eco­nomic and hu­man de­vel­op­ment costs of gen­der gaps are huge and if they’re bridged, pos­si­ble gains can be achieved. “In­tro­duc­ing more women into the sup­ply chain has the po­ten­tial to un­lock tril­lions of dol­lars for de­vel­op­ing coun­tries,” Nishtha said. Markedly, Wel­spun In­dia is a part of the US $ 2.3 bil­lion Wel­spun Group, that cur­rently has 23 per cent women work­force in its oper­a­tions. The US-based group has set an am­bi­tious goal to have 30 per cent fe­male em­ploy­ees by the next cou­ple of years.

It is im­por­tant to add here that, re­cently the group launched Wel­spun 2, a sewing unit which is op­er­ated solely by women work­ers. The unit is home to around 800 em­ploy­ees from across the na­tion and also has a hos­tel which is set up to cater to the safety of the em­ploy­ees who come from dif­fer­ent states.

Fur­ther­more, Di­pali Goenka, CEO, Wel­spun In­dia also spoke on the part­ner­ship and con­cluded by say­ing,“This strate­gic part­ner­ship with UN Women will boost the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of 500 women en­trepreneurs and in­tro­duce them within or­gan­ised value chains, mak­ing sure of en­ter­prise de­vel­op­ment, sup­ply chain and mar­ket­ing prac­tices that will em­power women. Es­tab­lish­ing joint ad­vo­cacy plat­forms with UN Women will pro­mote greater rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women in lead­er­ship across cor­po­rate In­dia.”

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