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.
Accelerating India’s progress towards gender equality through innovation and collective action
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:
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:
To help them with recommendations on shifting key levers on gender diversity as per their industry and business life-cycle.
To enable them to learn from other startups on how they're making their workplaces more gender-inclusive.
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.
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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