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WIT Forum To Work On Enhancing Womens Participation In STEM

Date: March 27, 2018,
Publication: PTI, Business Standard ,India Today

Leading corporates and academia have joined hands to set up 'WomenInTech (WIT) Forum that will work towards encouraging women to take up careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Facilitated by RBS India, the Forum aims to work towards creating awareness among young women about career opportunities in STEM and provide scholarships for economically weaker section of people. Deloitte is supporting the forum as a knowledge partner for the initiative. With 2.5-3 million new jobs predicted to be created by 2025 in the IT-IT-enabled services sector, the sector puts it in a strong position to attract women talent.

RBS India Facilitates Setting-Up Of WomenInTech Forum

Date: March 27, 2018,
Publication: UNI India, NET India

RBS India in association with prominent technology corporates, Academia and government participation has setup an exclusive 'By Invite Only' platform 'Women In Tech' with the agenda of working towards encouraging more women to take up careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) as a key career choice. The forum was officially launched here on Tuesday in the presence of Amo Kalar, Deputy Director, Trade Economics and Prosperity, British High Commission in Delhi. The uniqueness of roles, as well as working conditions in this sector puts it in a strong position to attract women talent.

New 'WomenInTech' Forum Launched To Promote STEM Careers Among Girls

Date: March 28, 2018,
Publication: Indian Express

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), India kicked start a collaborative industry initiative to address the sharp lack of women in STEM careers via new forum called ‘WomeninTech,’ which aims to address the gap at various levels through a multi-pronged approach. WomenInTech is mainly being nurtured and driven by Anuranjita Kumar, the HR Head of RBS International Hubs and has been conceived in association with a number of technology corporates, academia and NGOs. The forum has been designed “to help accelerate the national agenda of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao and further [to] work in alignment with the UN’s focus area this year – ‘Turning promises into action’,” said Kumar, adding that it would “address the need for policy making collectively as an industry to ensure that workplaces prod more girls to take up careers in STEM on one end and on the other hand are conducive for working women to aspire for senior level roles”.

RBS India Facilitates Setting-Up Of WomenInTech Forum

Date: March 27, 2018,
Publication: UNI India, NET India

The inaugural event, hosted by Mastercard at the Westin,Pune, witnessed participation from leading technology companies, industry experts, think tanks, NGOs, Government, and academia. The participants discussed various opportunities and challenges towards increasing the participation of women in technology workforce as well as spreading awareness about education in science and technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Mastercard is working with different stakeholders to change this perception and drive the interest of young girls and w omen in STEM. Through its signature programme, Girls4Tech, Mastercard has reached 1,85,000 girls through more than 300 events conducted across 25 countries. Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, has also partnered with Mann Deshi Foundation in Maharashtra to increase rural women's access to financial networks, training and markets. WomenInTech aims to make improvements and execute an industry-wide plan to encourage women to pursue careers in STEM. Various interventions will be planned by the Pune chapter to engage young girls in schools and colleges, enable junior to mid-level executives as well as empower women to take up and grow in leadership positions.

Stories

  • "RBS led WiT initiative's schools & colleges workstream, spearheaded by IBM, goes live with their first workshop! RBS team, IBM volunteers, Literacy India and Timeless Lifeskills Foundation (TLSF) joined hands to deliver a half-day session at Bajghera Village school in Gurgaon on 28th November. A BIG shout out to the team who made it a success. Starting with an introduction to WiT initiative, 60 girls from 8th-10th heard the inspirational story of a women leader. Then, they rolled up their sleeves and actively participated in a programming workshop using makecode on basics of coding and wrote their own programs! Using TLSF computing workshop framework and my experiences from TLSF sessions I conducted earlier this year, I worked with the volunteers to design the coding activity. Kudos to the team of IBM volunteers (Anupama Lakhanpal, Devyani Goel, Meenakshi Khanna, Priya Kalra, Ratika Mehta, Kirti Sethi, Shilpi Mishra and Manish Sharma) who facilitated the session along with Mr. Gomes from Literacy India. WiT forum aims to significantly increase the number of women taking up careers in STEM and I am proud that TLSF is a part of this important initiative." Shalini Chaudhari (Experienced Business Leader, STEM Evangelist, Storyteller)

  • "The girls of VIDYA School highly enjoyed the workshop on coding here at the school. WiT Volunteers made them feel comfortable and created an environment where learning and mistakes were a part of going ahead and even enjoyed. The students were slightly apprehensive during the talk session about the use of the workshop but their doubts went flying out when they were given the opportunity to experience coding hands-on. The girls coded on their own and even helped out other girls to make hearts, put in songs and tunes into their programming, some even managing to make the hearts beat as per a tune. The girls, especially of 8th and 9th grade, who did not have much experience with coding really found another world to explore. They enjoyed how candid the volunteers were with them, sharing their own struggles of being successful in the STEM world and found it wondrous how the world will be in the future. All in all, the workshop has opened up a gateway for the girls of VIDYA to venture out into new fields that they were not aware of before and hope that more workshops like this will follow."- Somya Kukreti (Counselor, VIDYA School)

  • "From the feedback I've received.. the Students were greatly motivated by the session .. We felt it kindled in the students the curiosity to know more and gave them the confidence that the world has more to explore !! It is my joy as well to have you people do this session for us. My gratitude to the entire team who supported the cause. Special Thanks to WomenInTech for making it happen"- Selvanayagi (School Principal, Velammal Vidyala, Paruthipattu Chennai)

  • "Thank you WomenInTech for a wonderful session at our School . We look forward to collaborate with you in organizing more speaker sessions, focused groups discussion, Makerspace sessions etc. Thank you once again for taking time out from your busy schedule. "- Garima, Project Manager(Heritage Xperiential School , Gurugram)

  • "The WiT initiative is a wonderful step taken to break the stereotype thought associated with the education and career options of the girl child . The volunteers are wonderful role models to aspiring students . It is only when young girls who face socio-economic hurdles hear and see success stories for real that they start believing in themselves .The WiT volunteers have done this successfully .They have been truly inspiring for the students of Literacy India"- Aldred Gomes (Project Director –Literacy India )

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