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Here's how you can empower women in India Inc.'s boardrooms

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: India, the first developing country to introduce quotas for women on corporate boards in 2013, has seen significant progress in women's representation
• By the end of FY23, over 4,700 women directors were serving on the boards of 3,200 listed companies. Despite this growth, challenges remain, such as the "stretch factor," where a small cohort of women hold multiple board seats.

🔭 The context: The mandate for gender diversity in boardrooms came from the Indian government and the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi)
• This initiative aimed to address gender imbalances in corporate leadership, recognizing the importance of diverse perspectives in decision-making processes

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Gender diversity in leadership roles is crucial for sustainable economic growth and global competitiveness
• Empowering women in corporate leadership not only promotes gender balance but also drives economic prosperity and aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals

⏭️ What's next: To achieve a balanced representation, India Inc. needs to create a robust leadership pipeline for women. This involves formulating gender diversity strategies, promoting an inclusive environment, and ensuring equal participation at all organizational levels
• Such efforts will contribute to more gender-diverse boards and top leadership, enhancing company performance and fostering a culture of greater inclusion

💬 One quote: "A third of Biocon’s nine-member board are women," reflecting the commitment to gender diversity in corporate leadership. This is crucial for emotional intelligence, empathy, and democratic leadership styles that women bring to the table

📈 One stat: Despite India's economic growth, the share of women in the workforce declined from 30% to 19% in 2021. Addressing this imbalance is essential for India's ambition to become a $5-trillion economy, as increasing women's workforce participation could raise the GDP growth rate significantly

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