“A hundred male and a hundred female qualities make a perfect human being”.
- Old Tibetan Proverb
International Women’s Day, as the name implies, is dedicated to celebrating womanhood, their social, political, cultural, economic achievements and their significant contributions to society. The day also emphasizes the importance of gender equality. On this day, people from all across the world come together to partake in the celebration of womanhood.
Even the Indian Government has made sustained efforts over the past year towards empowering women with several schemes like Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme, One Stop Centre Scheme, Women Helpline Scheme, Nari Shakti Puraskar, etc.
Themes play an important role in the celebration of the day. It widens the context of women and their rights across the world and highlights the atrocities women face and the need to end them. This year the theme for International Women’s Day is ‘Press for Progress’. With the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away - there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress.
We at S. S. Rana & Co. also celebrated this day with much enthusiasm. Interestingly, 9 out of a total of 13 Head of Departments (HODs) in the firm and more than 44% of the entire staff are women. Because we believe in women’s equal access to and full participation in power structures and decision-making. Women have a right to equal participation and once in leadership roles, they can make a difference that benefits whole societies. And while we know that gender parity won't happen overnight, the good news is that across the world women are making positive gains day by day. Plus, there's indeed a very strong and growing global movement of advocacy, activism and support. So, we can't be complacent. Now, more than ever, there's a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress towards gender parity. A strong call to #PressforProgress. A strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.
To celebrate this day, an event was organized in the firm where all our women colleagues were appreciated for their valuable contribution to the workplace. This reinstates the firm’s commitment towards providing equal opportunity and promote gender equality with women friendly initiatives and policies. A few of our women friendly initiatives to help women employees manage their careers and family responsibilities more successfully are -
Flexible work schedules -
Depending on the requirement of the person, the facility of flexible work timings has been extended to several women for reasons including health issues, family commitments, etc.
Awareness and Training Programmes –
We periodically conduct workshops/trainings for the awareness of all our women colleagues. Instances include a workshop on ‘Financial Planning, Tax Saving and Financial Security’ by a Financial Counselor of repute and a workshop on ‘Female Healthcare’ by a Doctor from the reputed Sita Ram Bharti Hospital.
Corporate Moms –
We acknowledge and appreciate working mothers and have awarded them with the title of ‘Corporate Moms’ on the occasion of the Firm’s 25th anniversary on September 1, 2014.
Prevention of Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Policy –
The Firm also has an Anti-Sexual Harassment Committee in place, headed directly by Mrs. Bindra Rana, Founding Partner. Regular meetings are held by the committee wherein policies are discussed and implemented for providing a safe working environment to our women employees.