Pact For Gender Parity

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Our Purpose

India’s female labor force participation rate is among the poorest in the world – just 19% as against the global average of 49%. While multiple initiatives are trying to tackle this at a systemic level, there has been limited focus on enabling employers as a critical lever for change.

We believe that startups are uniquely placed to lead the way in increasing women’s workforce participation in India and to that end, the Pact For Gender Parity is designed to empower India’s startup ecosystem to disrupt the status quo from within.

Our Vision
Our Vision

Accelerating India’s progress towards gender equality through innovation and collective action

Our Mission
Our Mission

Significantly increasing women’s representation in Indian startups across levels

We aim to help India move the needle on gender diversity by enabling our member organizations to:

  • Set gender diversity goals and monitor key metrics towards achieving these goals
  • Contribute to a body of knowledge for the ecosystem through participation in annual sector reports and sharing best practices
  • Participate in pilot programs and implement proven models to scale successful interventions

Women in India’s Startup Ecosystem Report (WISER)

A Pact For Gender Parity initiative, WISER is the first and largest of its kind research study that is designed exclusively for Indian startups and aims to help them advance gender diversity and inclusivity at the workplace.

It focuses on understanding the drivers for gender diversity within the startup ecosystem by collaboratively assessing demand-side barriers to women’s representation across employment levels and spotlighting best practices that have helped improve women’s participation.

Participating startups get exclusive access to:

Customized Insights

To help them with recommendations on shifting key levers on gender diversity as per their industry and business life-cycle.

Peer Collaboration

To enable them to learn from other startups on how they're making their workplaces more gender-inclusive.

Curated Resources

To support them in optimizing their hiring, retention and advancement efforts.

WISER adopts a mixed methodology approach including surveys and one-on-one in-depth conversations with key stakeholders like founders, CHROs, employees as well as VC partners and covers multiple parameters like hiring, retention, progression, attrition etc.

Our Partners

What Do Member Startups Gain?

As ACT, our role is to ensure that your intention translates into actionable next steps through customized support that enables your organization to address the issue in a sustainable way.

As a Pact For Gender Parity member, you’ll be able to:


Connect with a trusted peer network to share experiences, explore collaborations and enable connections


Gain exclusive insights from experts who can help you plan and implement gender diversity policies and initiatives


Access curated partners and resources with bespoke offerings that provide support towards diversity initiatives across the employee life cycle


Attend annual public events and smaller closed-door gatherings to share learnings and co-create solutions


Gain recognition in key fora for exemplary initiatives and progress

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