World Trade Centre Goa partnered with Sandvik Asia Pvt Ltd, Pune and Idobro Impact Solutions, Mumbai to Organize a Workshop on the Sandvik India Gender Awards on 10th April 2018 at Goa.
The objective of the Workshop was to sensitise stakeholders from the Government, Academia, NGOs, Social Ventures, Individuals and the Corporate sector on Sustainable Development Goal Number 5 that pertains to Gender Equality and to introduce them to the Sandvik India Gender Awards.
Although India has achieved gender parity at the primary education level and is on track to achieve parity at all education levels, as of August 2015, the proportion of seats in Parliament held by women had only reached 12% against the target of 50%. India is also confronting the challenge of violence against women. The Government of India has identified ending violence against women as a key national priority, which resonates with the Sustainable Development targets of the United Nations on gender equality. The Government of India's "Beti Bachao Beti Padhao" initiative aims at equal opportunity and education for girls in India. In addition, specific interventions on female employment, programmes on the empowerment of adolescent girls, the "Sukanya Samridhi Yojana" on girl child prosperity and the "Janani Suraksha Yojana" for mothers, advances India’s commitment to gender equality.
The Sandvik Asia Pvt Ltd, is committed gender diversity and in line with the same, launched the Sandvik India Gender Awards last year for initiatives undertaken on gender issues in the state of Maharashtra. This year, they have extended the locations to Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat, and increased the award to Rs 50 lakhs. The award will be divided among 8 winners, one from each of the 8 categories, namely - Individual, Community-based organization (CBO), including self-help groups, Non-governmental organization (NGO), Social Venture(SV), Governmental organization, Academia, Corporate organization (Policy), and Corporate organization (CSR)
Mr Saharsh David, the CSR Head explained the rationale and the process for the awards. Karon Shaiva, Chief Impact Officer and MD of Idobro Impact solutions, (Knowledge Partners to the Awards ), led the lively and meaningful discussions. Mr Cyril Desouza, Assistant Director - Trade Promotion, World Trade Centre gave an overview of the World Trade Centers role in promoting International Trade.