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A Proud Moment with the Tamil Nadu Chief SecretaryThe Global Adjustments Foundation recently brought out a White Paper on its work in the field of women empowerment, and was privileged to present copies of the document to Ms.Girija Vaidyanathan, Chief Secretary, Tamil Nadu Government, as well as other top Government officials. Copies were also handed over to representatives of leading companies and other institutions in the State.

The White Paper, a comprehensive document on the whole issue of women empowerment, was prepared in a scientific way. Social scientist Dr. Monika Gonser, a faculty member of the Heidelberg University of Education and former member of the MIT faculty and visiting professor at IIT Madras, supervised the survey that formed the basis of the White Paper, and ensured that scientific methodology was used at all times. The Director of Tamil Nadu Prisons takes a look at the White Paper

The White Paper sets out the main findings of the survey as follows:

  • Participants, employers and heads of educational institutions agreed that the workshops fulfil needs relating to communication and leadership skills and work-life balance issues.
  • Over 90% of the 132 surveyed participants were very satisfied with the training in respect to relevance, the clarity in communication and the effectiveness of the trainers.
  • The aspects participants found most relevant were meditation as a stress relief tool, communication skills, introspection and fitness for mind and body balance.
  • Workshop participants, employers and heads of schools and colleges all want follow-up sessions and deepening of the training content.

A Comprehensive Document on Women Empowerment

The document includes an overview of the gender situation in India as a whole, an assessment of future support requirements, and a delineation of the Global Adjustment Foundation’s approach to the issue, the work it is doing, and future goals.

To download the white paper,  click here

Although equal rights for women has been an important political and social issue for decades in India and the concept is enshrined in the legal framework, there is much to be done to achieve the goal, the White Paper notes. The gender disparity favouring boys in education opportunities seems to be diminishing, but the gap remains a challenge when it comes to work-life balance and presence of educated women in the workforce and senior ranks of management and governance.

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