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Technology is the new leveller and route to women empowerment :Smriti Irani

NEW DELHI: At the launch of the FICCI-FLO initiative Empowering the Greater 50%, women and child development minister Smriti Irani asserted that the circumstances arising from Covid-19 call for focussing on building back better as technology emerges as a new leveller. She said that from users of technology women need to be enabled to become owners of technology start-ups.

Irani highlighted that Work from Home always seen from a gender lens linking it to women and often associated with loss in productivity by work places, is no longer the case, as technology has emerged as the new leveller with men also working from home as part of Covid-19 related preventive measures.

Irani emphasised that now technology has become a leveller in terms of reducing the bias that only women when they work from home lose out on opportunities as companies presumed that productivity will be reduced. She went on to point that with men also working from home now, it is no longer categorised as a female work culture. She pointed that it is also seen that productivity is not diminished and it is something many in the corporate sector are now compelled to recognise.

The WCD minister said this change in perception must be leveraged to strengthen womens participation in workforce by enabling women to move from being users of technology to owners of technology. She pointed that more Indian e-commerce requirements will be required in the coming times and it is here that women need to be prepared for taking up the challenge.

There need to be more women in technology start-ups , in research and development and innovation, Irani added emphasising that the quintessential shaping of the future of girls needs equal emphasis with an added focus on science and technology.