Today we spoke about empowering women through WICCI (Women’s Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry).
Starting with a brief description of this very intriguing country. Located in South Asia, India has 1.32 billion inhabitants, ranking as the second most populous country in the world (behind only China), concentrating approximately 18% of the world population (more populous than the United States, the Union European and Japan together). It is a developing country with a large rural population (more than 60%) and since the economic reforms of 1990, it has experienced rapid socioeconomic growth, a factor that has driven the increase in its urban population due to the arrival of millions of young people from the countryside to the cities in search of better living conditions. The country is still the largest democratic nation in the world with more than 600 million voters under local laws, able to vote in the country. It is also the second country with the largest number of workers on the planet, around 800 million, again surpassed only by China, in addition to being the second geographical entity with the greatest cultural, linguistic and genetic diversity, after Africa.
The situation for women in India is complicated. “There are two India’s: one where we can see more equality and prosperity for women, but another where the vast majority of women are living without choice, without a voice or rights,” said Sushma Kapoor, deputy director in South Asia for UN Women.
The problems related to women are many: domestic violence, trafficking and sexual exploitation, high rate of femicide, high rate of school dropout. In India, brides culturally have to pay the wedding dowry to the groom’s family, this creates an immense amount of other problems, such as increased abortion and homicide rates. There is also a very strong cultural issue related to menstruation, which greatly reduces the female presence in schools and, consequently, in the formal job market.
However, there is hope, more than two decades of economic liberalization have also helped to empower women, and since India opened up, Western ideas of equality have permeated cities.
The main political positions have already been held by women, including names like Indira Ghandi (former prime minister) and Pratibha Patil, former president.
In this context of 20th century India, the Wicci Council is of fundamental importance.
Wicci is an international council made up of women and made for women,
where businesswomen benefit enormously from networking, exchanges and female collaborations. As the National Chamber of Business for Women, WICCI further strengthens women’s entrepreneurship and drives business through greater engagement with government, institutions and global trade, allowing for fundamental changes in government policies, laws and incentives with the aim of strongly encouraging and empowering women in business, industry and commerce in all sectors. As a nation, India predicts a savings of $ 5 trillion. This can be easily achieved and overcome by the active inclusion of women entrepreneurs, companies and professionals in all walks of life.
Wicci currently has 140 sectors of activity and a network of 20,000 women around the world and works in training activities for women entrepreneurs and leaders in all walks of life through advocacy, proactive government representation, implementation projects for women through funds allocated by various government agencies and corporations, as well as bringing attention to all issues that concern women in their workplaces.
Our founder, Francesca Giobbi, is a member of this council, being yet another of its work fronts in the fight against social inequality, sexual exploitation, human and child trafficking and in the struggle for a more just society and for the human to human economy, where everyone has opportunities and is valued in the same way.
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