Women in Leadership: Challenges and Way Forward | New Delhi | 27th Nov., 2017 from 7.00 PM - 8.15 PM

Nov 27, 2017 19:00 - 20:15 IST
India Habitat Centre, India Habitat Centre, Institutional Area, Lodi Colony, New Delhi, Delhi 110003, India

Women in Leadership: Challenges and Way Forward

Around 800 million women are expected to enter the global economy over 2012 - 2022. This third billion - as significant as that of the billion-plus populations of India and China - will play a considerable role in countries around the world. However, data points in India and across the show shows that women are significantly under-represented in leadership positions.  

In 2017, India ranked third lowest of the third year consecutively in the leadership roles held by women. Only 17% of senior roles were held by women in India and 41% of the Indian businesses surveyed had no women in leadership roles. 

Even in the not profit sector, which is often perceived as a domain for women, women constituted close to 53% of employees across designations and only 34% in managerial positions. The percentage of women in managerial or higher-ranked positions varied based on which gender heads the NGO. In women-led organizations, 75% of female employees had managerial roles, whereas only 15% of female employees had managerial roles in men-led organizations. Similarly, an international study of 1,000 non-profit organizations showed that only 43% of non-profit organizations had women CEOs, which reduced to 18% in the largest non-profits. 

In this context, a critical question becomes: What can organizations do to ensure that the third billion realizes its potential?

This moderated discussion aims to share the experiences of eminent women in leadership positions to provide insights on:

  • What were the challenges faced by them as young and mid-career academics, professionals, advocates/ campaigners and how these were navigated?
  • What challenges do they face in achieving organizational goals and how are they navigating these?  
  • How are they trying to create gender-balanced environments?


  • Ravina Aggarwal: Director, Columbia Global Centers, Mumbai
  • Amunita Roy Chowdhary: Executive Director, Center for Science and Environment
  • Vaishali Nigam Sinha: Director, ReNew Power and Founder and CEO, iCharity

Date: Monday, November 27, 2017
Time: 7 pm - 8:15 pm
Location: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, Delhi (map pointer)
Cost: Free to attend

Questions? Write to Ms. Sonal Shah at baezgrace@gmail.com

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