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Sushmita Sen has been away from the big screen for a while, but she is looking for the right project to come back with

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Actress Sushmita Sen, who won the Miss Universe title for India in the Philippines on May 21, 1994, says nothing has changed since the time she won the title except for the years gone by.
Sushmita Sen had won the Miss Universe title for India in the Philippines on May 21, 1994. Wikimedia commons
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Former Miss universe Sushmita Sen is proud of the women who have spoken up about their unsavoury experiences, as a result of the MeToo movement. She says now is the time to listen, believe and let justice prevail.

Sushmita Sen interacted with the media at the Bombay Times Fashion Week here on Sunday.

She said she doesn’t find the revelations coming up in context of the MeToo movement shocking at all as people were aware of these things for long.

“It is going to be shocking every single time, but we are also not ignorant people. It’s not like we didn’t know these things were happening in India and in the world. I think what is more shocking that we did not listen to it for so long and that we didn’t do anything about it. This is the start, and you have to listen, believe and let justice prevail,” Sushmita said.

Asked to comment on the movement which is gaining momentum in India and if this is the right time for it, Sushmita said: “The right moment was when women were born. It is not today or tomorrow. But even if we are delayed, I am still very proud of everyone.

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Tanushree Datta Started the MeToo Movement few days back in Bollywood.

“And there is no gender bias for women alone. I think the fact that our society and our people are all standing up to express themselves and have a voice, it is so powerful. The fact that I got to see this in my lifetime, makes me very proud as a woman and a human being for my country”.

Sushmita walked as the showstopper for Neeta Lulla at the Bombay Times Fashion Week, wearing a regal yellow gown lined with fiber optics illuminating the outfit.

Commenting on her ramp presence and the special impromptu dance she performed, she said: “Life is a very beautiful gift and it is important to live it. So whether you are working, or are with your friends, you have to just live every moment and aspect of your life. And coming alive with every experience is something I believe in.

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“So when I get a chance to work where I can express myself the way I want to, then I am my best that night.”

Sushmita Sen has been away from the big screen for a while, but she is looking for the right project to come back with. (IANS)

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Do More to Create Equality: Women Leaders In Tech During Web Summit

Google's head of philanthropy, Jacquelline Fuller, said she joined the walkout last week, admitting more needs to be done.

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The center stage at Web Summit, Europe's biggest tech conference, in Lisbon, Portugal. VOA

Women leaders in technology called at one of the sector’s largest global conferences, Web Summit for more to be done to drive equality in the male-dominated industry now hit by the #MeToo debate.

The ninth Web Summit comes amid growing concerns about sexism in the tech world, with thousands of Google employees walking out last week to protest the company’s response to sexual misconduct and workplace inequality.

In a poll of 1,000 women leaders in tech by the Web Summit, given exclusively to the Thomson Reuters Foundation, 47 percent said the gender ratio in leadership had not improved in the past year. Only 17 percent said it was better.

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FILE- Cosmologist Stephen Hawking delivers a video message during the inauguration of Web Summit, Europe’s biggest tech conference, in Lisbon, Portugal, Nov. 6, 2017. (VOA)

 

Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president for environment, policy and social initiatives, said it was crucial to have more women in the sector.

“We can’t accomplish what we need if women [aren’t involved] in tech,” Jackson, who was part of President Barack Obama’s administration, told the Web Summit in Lisbon.

About 70,000 people from 170 nations were at the conference, where the number of women attendees has risen to about 45 percent from 25 percent in 2013, helped by discounting tickets, according to organizers. They did not have earlier figures.

Talking about expertise

“This year a lot of the talks on our stages are touching on the [number of women in the sector],” Anna O’Hare, head of content at Web Summit, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “But rather than women just talking about this, they are talking about the areas in which they are experts in tech.”

The tech sector has long come under scrutiny for inequality and its “bro-gamer” type of culture, referring to men who play video games.

Global organizations, including the United Nations and the European Commission, have spoken out about under-representation of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on foreign influence operations and their use of social media on Capitol Hill. VOA

A 2016 report by the global consultancy McKinsey found women made up 37 percent of entry-level roles in technology but only 25 percent reached senior management roles and 15 percent made executive level.

The poll of women at the Web Summit found eight of every 10 women felt confident and respected in their roles, but they were divided when asked if they were treated the same as men, with 60 percent saying they were under more pressure to prove themselves.

Thirty-seven percent worried that women were offered leadership roles only to fill quotas.

While half of the women polled said their companies were doing enough to ensure equality, nearly 60 percent said governments were not active enough to address the imbalance.

Several tech company representatives have told the Web Summit of attempts to boost equality, with moves such as training staff in unconscious bias, deleting gender from CVs, ensuring that all short lists have women and improving maternity rights.

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Google employees fill Harry Bridges Plaza in front of the Ferry Building during a walkout, Nov. 1, 2018, in San Francisco. Hundreds of Google employees around the world briefly walked off the job in a protest against what they said is the tech company’s mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations against executives. VOA

Better results

Gillian Tans, chief executive at the online travel agent Booking.com, said it had been proven that companies with “more women in management positions actually perform better.”

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This comes after organizers of the Google protest and other staff said the company’s executives, like leaders at dozens of companies affected by the #MeToo movement, were slow to address structural issues such as unchecked power of male bosses.

Google’s head of philanthropy, Jacquelline Fuller, said she joined the walkout last week, admitting more needs to be done.

“We need to do a better job at creating a safe and inclusive workplace,” she said. “We need more women in tech.” (VOA)