IWD2020: Deepika Gupta Padhi
We proud to be supporting International Women’s Day 2020. International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Whilst we all know that gender parity within the workplace has improved over the past decades, we all also know that there is still a long way to go.
We interviewed Deepika Gupta Padhi, Head-Investor Relations, PNB Housing Finance LTD.
What does equality in the workplace look like for you?
Equality at work place to me is same behaviour towards all. It about giving same opportunity to perform, time required to complete a task, encouragement to do things and last but not least financials. It’s about mindset of all the people at workplace to do things without thinking about one’s gender.
How do you think parental leave should be approached in 2020?
Parental leave has undergone a lot of change in India with Companies giving leave to a father for initial few days/weeks. It is important as both are equally responsible and hence organisations should make few days/weeks leave for the father. What is more important is that when a female comes back to work after maternity, organisations should do a hand holding and support them at that time by providing flexibility at work. This flexibility should also be given to the fathers so that both can fulfil their responsibility towards family as well as work.
Do you feel social media has influenced a positive shift change for female leadership?
No doubt social media has bought inspirational stories more readily available but still a lot is to be done. These stories no doubt inspire women to achieve more in life. A lot of times it also gives a solution to various problems that a female face in her day to day life. It’s heartening to see more and more women in a room full of men. Having said so, a lot more is to be done. There are few organisations that earnestly promote gender equality. Hope many more organisations take this seriously.
If yes, has there been any particular stories that have resonated with you?
In my case not a particular story but yes lot of times it helps in giving a direction/solution to the problems that I face. It may be related to family or work.
Please note that all commentary and opinions provided are those of the individual, and not the organisation/company they are employed by.