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NCW chairperson asks companies to provide flexi-time to female employees
National Commission for Women's chairperson, Lalitha Kumaramangalam has underlined the need for imparting training to women in planning and administration as also provision of technical skills to women engaged in agriculture.

If this was carried out in right earnest, the country's GDP would rise by two percentage points, she said while inaugurating a seminar on Accelerating Women Entrepreneurship, organised by industry association FICCI in partnership with Intel India.

Kumaramangalam said that women suffer from poor asset ownership and fare poorly on the awareness levels of their legal rights. Even those who are aware, do not demand their rights vociferously, she pointed out.

She called for more representation of professional women in the boards of companies and saidthere was a need to look at entrepreneurship beyond the traditional sense. Women must take to mentoring other women which should become part of the ecosystem.

According to a press release issued by FICCI, NCW chairperson also argued for providing flexi-time to women by their employers as it has been observed that those between the ages of 30-45 drop out of employment because of family responsibilities and because of the fact that the age group represents the reproductive years of their life.

In her key note address, Anubha Grover, Head - Supplier Diversity, Intel India, said that the role corporates could play in accelerating women entrepreneurship could be gleaned from the three-pronged approach adopted by Intel. These are commitment from the top leadership; establishment of an entrepreneurship framework encompassing supply chain, community and advocacy; and execution which includes promoting women-owned business in the supply chain and connecting such entrepreneurs with businesses opportunities.

Presenting the report on 'Accelerating Women Entrepreneurship in India: Roadmap for the ational Capital Region', Deepa Kathykeyan, Director, Athena Infonomics, said the challenges faced by women entrepreneurs in NCR highlight the nature of the ecosystem in which they operate.

Women in NCR primarily face challenges that are socio-cultural as well as institutional in nature. This is in contrast to Bangalore, where women were constrained largely by institutional factors, after having overcome gender and socio-cultural challenges.

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