How India Overcomes Patriarchy
On July 3-4 Novosibirsk hosted the first International Congress of Women of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and BRICS Countries. The main issue discussed on the Congress was the role of women in the modern society including their cooperation in politics, economics, science, education and culture.
Ambika Sharma, Deputy Secretary General of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), told about the role of women in the Indian economics. According to her, more than 100 million people can be lifted out of poverty if women have equitable opportunities with men on the labour market.
“India has the world's fastest-growing economy. We have a very patriarchal society, but now the government makes many steps to improve the lives of women, to increase their reproductive ability and reduce child mortality at birth”, said Ambika Sharma.
India also has a law according to which one third of the seats in the Parliament belong to Indian women. Indian companies pay much attention to women employers and create safe and comfortable places for female employees. In India women in higher positions receive training in corporate ethics. Now Indian businesswoman head large and sometimes international companies, such as Pepsi-Cola.
“We must team up in order to give women rights and independence, create good working conditions, market access and technology, provide an excellent education, fight discrimination and contribute to the harmonization of society. We need to set standards for women entrepreneurs from all countries. The world has no chance if women have no rights”, she said to conclude her speech.
Agata Korovina, news agency of the Eurasian Women's Community
Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov