Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Vital Voice president speaks out about women's issues in India

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2010/09/13/a-vital-voice-on-women-in-india/

ALYSE Nelson, president of Vital Voice, a Washington-based organisation that supports women’s leadership and entrepreneurship worldwide has stated in a recent article that she sees India as having a unique equation when it comes to issues surrounding women.

“When you think about women’s leadership, when you think about India, there are so many extraordinary women in financial leadership and in the political sector, in microfinance,” she said in an interview ahead of a summit that Vital Voices is hosting in Delhi this week. “But it is a country where there are certainly still issues.”

India indeed has an impressive record when it comes to installing women at the heads of its banks; they have popped up in the executive suite at ICICI, J.P. Morgan, HSBC, UBS, Fidelity, Axis Bank, to name a few. “India is very far ahead with all these top women in major positions leading banks in a field so dominated by men around the world,” said Alyse Nelson.

Still, women entrepreneurs here complain about a lack of access to capital and women in the workplace still face gender bias in areas such as not being paid the same salary as a male counterpart – an issue that is a problem worldwide.

To read the full article and to find out more about what Alyse Nelson, President of Vital Voice has to say, please click here.

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