In what is perceived to be a change catalyst or a game changer, illustrious Network 7 Media Group, asia’s biggest analytical news media hosted the much awaited prestigious annual affair in its 9th year, the 9th Annual India Leadership Conclave & Indian Affairs Business Leadership Awards 2018 in the commercial capital of india in Mumbai on Friday, 6th July 2018 at the grand Jade Ball Room of Hotel Sahara Star under a powerful theme on “Introspection – Agenda 2018” debated, analyzed & addressed by Asia’s most promising voices & industry stalwarts on a variety of subjects ranging from politics to cultural, economics to social. After being highly successful in last 8 editions, the much awaited India Leadership Conclave 2018 was attended by more than 350 business tycoons, political leaders, policy makers, social reformers, diplomats, movie stars, fashion, Jewelry designers & media professionals.
The Panel Discussion Overview : Women as Change-Agents of New India
We celebrated yet another Women’s Day on 8 March. As we do so, it is the right time to take stock of how women in India, who comprise half the country’s population, have progressed in terms of social and economic status, which underscores their empowerment. It is sad to note that with the exception of a few high achievers, women are still underrepresented in professional and public life. In the UN Human Development Report’s (2016) Gender Inequality Index, India is at the bottom of the pile at 125th position, out of 159 countries. In Gender Gap index (World Economic Forum) 2017, its position is 108th out of 144 countries. It has slipped 21 places in one year compared to the 87th position last year in Gender Gap Index!. India, with all its hype about being the fastest growing country in the world, is one of the most unsafe countries for women. Everyday there are reports of violence against women in the news. The empowerment of women cannot happen without a change of attitude of men towards women but ensuring safety for women is the responsibility of the State. Women can be empowered by the economic means and they are on a strong wicket when they bring money to the households. But the recent Family Health Survey reveals that only one fifth of working women have the power to take important decisions in the family. Around 61 per cent women have revealed that in all important matters, both husband and wife take joint decisions. Only 7 per cent of women admitted that it is the husband who makes all the decisions. Isn’t it strange that in the twenty first century when women have come a long way from being married off early and are holding important jobs with 42 percent of women earning equal to their husbands, they still remain subservient to the husbands?
The Panel Discussion included the women leaders as follows.
Ms. Leslie Tripathy, Bollywood Actress
Ms. Nabomita Mazumdar, Founder, Nabomita.com
Ms. Revathi Roy, Co-Founder & CEO, Hey Deedee
Ms. Shabia Ravi Walia, Founder, CEO,Wild Earth
Ms. Naiyya Saggi, Founder, BabyChakra
Ms. Vishakha Singh, Bollywood Actress
Dr. Bindu Sthalekar,Founder, Skin Smart Solutions
Leslie Tripathy is lead actress of ‘Chusinodiki Chusinantha’ along with Telugu Supertstar Sivaji. She marked her bollywood debut as lead actress of ‘W’. The trail-blazing movie is directed by Tarun Chopra. The movie released on March 14th 2014.
Brought up in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, Leslie is already a celebrity in the literary landscape as a poet and author of a Poetry anthology, ‘Because I Am A Girl’. Leslie’s nickname is Gogol (named after Russian Writer Nikolai Gogol) was born to a family of Educationists; mother Ashoka Tripathy was a teacher now a home-maker, her father, Dr.Sailendra Narayan Tripathy is a professor, Columnist and one of the popular Indian English Poets of the 90’s, who blazed a new trail in English Poetry. Brother Shakespear King is a model turned actor. She studied journalism from Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. Has penned articles and has been actively involved in crusading for Women’s Empowerment and voicing support for the voiceless and the underdogs.
Leslie is a recipient of 8 Governor Awards, State Rajiv Gandhi Samaan, Youth Icon Award, Fun Fearless Female Icon for her respective excellence in Academics and contribution to Arts, Culture, Social Service, Activism against Injustice and Women’s Rights. She is the Editor of PII (Poesie India International) a journal devoted to ‘Peace through Poetry’. She is the Youth Ambassador for Polio Eradication Campaign for Rotary Club Heritage. As Youth Ambassador of Prerana, she has planted around 550 saplings for a Greener India. Youth Ambassador for Literary Journal ‘Eternity’. Spokesperson for Welfare Organizations like World Vision, Asha, in their campaigns for Education for All, Green Movement, Empowering Girl Child. Leslie has vowed to campaign for women till they have a rightful place under the sun rather than being used as iconic metaphors.