The demanding professional lifestyle of today’s corporate world has kept many professionals on their toes who are continuously grasping the new technologies and stratergies. In such work conditions, married women find it hard to juggle between work and personal life commitments ultimately leading many of them to withdraefro their path of career. JobsForHer, a Bengaluru based connecting portal is playing its role to help such women who want to dive back into the pool of desired job profile.
Neha, an established entrepreneur who held a degree from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, recognized the problems that women face due to long extended period of break in their career and decided to take up the cause of enabling such women to restart their careers. After shutting down her first venture Paragon and moving to Bengaluru after her wedding she started working at Kemwell, a contract pharmaceutical manufacturing company, in the fields of HR, Finance and Marketing strategy. Her personal experience after taking a 3.6 year long break after having her children is what inspired her to nurture her brain child JobsForHer.
Her vision to save the female brain drain started taking shape and soon the company had multiple organizations that had lined up to hire employees after a break, she says, “These companies are partnering with JobsForHer in a multitude of ways like the Diversity Drive run by Mindtree, Second Career Workshop offered by Inmobi, Bring-her-back program conceptualized by a global IT giant, Expert Chat hosted by Genpact, Returnee Program by Capgemini to Mentorship Roadshow offered by industry stalwarts from Google, HCL, EY etc.”
The alarming percentage of women unemployment and participation of women in the workforce shows the need for implementing stern policies that would support the development and empowerment of women in India. Our country ranks in the women employment index is as low as 136 out of 144 countries according to The Global Gender Report 2016 by the World Economic Forum. However the new budget has provided us with a ray of hope to escape this situation, policies like Mahila Shakti Kendra are the first step towards achieving the goal .
Neha has some strong views and ideas about the current situation that displays her intellectual and keen personality to us, in her words she says, “India ranks among the top 16 countries in the world that offers the longest duration of paid maternity leave. The most recent development is an amendment to the Maternity Benefits Act 1961, likely to be tabled in the monsoon session of Parliament this year, proposing an extension from the current 12 weeks, to a total of 26 weeks of maternity leave to women. It is a great step in the right direction for Indian mothers, recognising that they need and deserve more time to be with their newborns.”
Her other suggestions for policies that could benefit women are:
Her idols Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook and the author of Lean In.In her book, Sheryl Sandberg have made her realize that women need to form a supportive community of mentors who would encourage each other to grow. “Whenever I am at a crossroads, I ask myself this question, “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” It is critical that we don’t let our fears hold ourselves back and stride on, confident of figuring things out. Eventually.”
She is a woman of substance who believes in the power of women and realizes their roles in supporting other women grow. Her dream has brought her to become one of the most talented and successful women entrepreneurs in India.
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