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Shodho: LD Engineering College students build job portal to uplift rural women of Gujarat

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Taking a step further towards women emancipation and development, a group of students from LD Engineering College, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, has come up with an online portal called ‘Shodho.’ The portal comes with an aim to uplift Gujarati women coming from rural background. ‘Shodho’ will help them find part time jobs in craftworks and stitching.

The website, a product of students Ketakee Nimavat, Akash Choudhary, Aakash Parmar, Shruti Khatri, Vishwa Shah and Lipi Mehta, is the first of its kind in India.The students have approached several companies and cottage industries that provide jobs in the field of art and crafts. They have also asked some NGOs to train these women so that they could be employed to jobs with reasonable pay scale.

One of the creators of the portal, Ketakee Nimavat, told the Times of India, “Called ‘Shodho,’ the portal currently has listed enterprises that provide jobs of stitching, assembling of toys and embroidery. Each enterprise has an account and a profile page with complete details. The portal will display the list of job openings and the pay offered.”

“The portal aims to streamline the complete process involved in the daily small-scale temporary jobs and remove middlemen who pocket most of the money as commission. This will help rural women get the most out of their work,” said Nimavat.

This noble act done by the students of LD college of engineering and Hasmukh Goswami college of Engineering is praise- worthy. ‘Shodho’ would put the women in direct contact with the job providers, which would eradicate the ‘middle- men system,’ who usually eat away the share of these rural women’s earnings.

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Gender parity for women has an economic as well as social impact in a country like India. Pixabay

As part of its commitment to diversity and inclusion, gender equality and corporate transparency, global retail major RB has recently issued reports on gender pay in its top five markets around the globe, including India in the companys first global Gender Pay Report.

Gender parity for women has an economic as well as social impact in a country like India. Achieving gender equality in India would have a larger economic impact there than in any other region in the world-$700 billion of added GDP in 2025-but comprehensive change is needed, said a report by McKinsey in November 2015.

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Gender equality and corporate transparency, global retail major RB has recently issued reports on gender parity in its top five markets around the globe, including India in the companys first global Gender Pay Report. Pixabay

Ranjay Radhakrishnan, Chief Human Resources Officer, commented: “In 2019, we promised to go beyond what was legally required for gender pay reporting. Today, I’m proud to say that we have delivered on that commitment, issuing our first global Gender Pay Report covering our five largest markets and representing nearly 50 percent of our global employees. It is clear that RB needs to better reflect our consumers and the profile of the markets we operate in. We recognise there is more to do to achieve our ambition of increasing the number of women in senior management positions to 40 percent by 2022.”

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As one of the first FTSE 100 companies to go beyond the UK’s gender pay disclosure requirements, RB’s 2019 report covers the US, the UK, China, India and Mexico, which represents nearly 50percent of RB’s global employees. RB’s global ambition is to double the numbers of women in senior management positions to 40 percent by 2022, from a 2016 baseline of 20 percent. In 2019, 26 percent of RB’s senior management positions globally were held by women.

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Other than the traditional corporate houses, the United Nations has its corporate gender equality evaluations in the UN system that aims to inform the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review by providing evidence on what works and what does not work in mainstreaming gender equality in UN entities. (IANS)