One of the greatest needs of women empowerment is to help women hold their ground – at home and at work. And these platforms are helping us in various fields – from job hunting to even corporate training.
In 1947, when Maulana Azad was appointed Independent India’s first Minister of Education, he had stressed upon the importance of providing girls with access to education.
He believed that an education programme that does not give full consideration to educating and helping women advance in life is inappropriate. However, India has seen little progress since then when it comes to the education and employment of women.
But now, thanks to technology and a bustling startup ecosystem, several platforms specifically helping women to establish a world beyond their homes are operating across the country. These platforms have opened doors to opportunities – both literally and figuratively.
Bengaluru-based Pink Ladder is India’s first comprehensive career enhancement ecosystem for women professionals that facilitates a corporate culture that has equal opportunities for women.
By working with both organisations as well as individuals, Pink Ladder helps women build and enhance their strengths, enabling them to overcome their inhibitions and bringing out the leader in every woman. The portal keeps all conversations confidential between users and facilitators, allowing for a holistic and more engaging mentoring process.
Then, there is Reboot, a startup that caters to workforce enhancement of women. It wants to help women restart their careers and return to work after a break – be it motherhood or a burnout, a feat that is 10X harder than finding a job normally.
To turn this around and help women get back in the game, Reboot simplifies the career restart process. It also helps women achieve work-life balance and become more independent through mentoring, capacity building programmes, and learning interventions. Reboot also works with academia and corporates to further the enabling ecosystem for women.
Eclassopedia, an interactive platform for tutors and students, helps teachers resume their careers, and has over 300 teachers employed. A majority of these teachers are women primarily work from home. “These are women who had to quit their jobs after getting married or having children, or because of certain social and family responsibilities. They feel happy and grateful for an opportunity like this as they are able to resume a career they had to leave behind despite being educated and qualified,” says Savita Garg, Founder of Eclassopedia.
Then, there is Bengaluru-based JobsForHer aims to bring in the much-needed pool of women into the Indian workforce. This online portal enables women to speed up their careers by connecting them to jobs, community, mentoring, reskilling, and networking opportunities. The platform is associated with more than 750 companies, including Citibank, Future Group, GE, Godrej Group, Kotak Mahindra Group, SnapDeal, Unilever, and several other SMEs as well as startups.
It offers job opportunities to women ranging from full-time, part-time, work-from-home, and freelance opportunities and besides opportunities to work with companies that provide returnee internships.
Launched in 2005, Avtar Women is India’s very first career service portal for women for women who had taken a break and intended on getting back. Making career re-entries easy and accessible for women all over the country, Avtar Women has a network of 3.5 lakh women professionals across India with over 15,000 placements.
Today, the platform has over 66 organisations in India hiring between 7,000 and 8,000 women annually who have taken breaks. The founder of Avtar Women, Dr Saundarya Rajesh set up Avtar Careers to provide a range of opportunities for women who wish to re-enter the corporate world. She says, “We have changed the perception that unprivileged women who cannot be counted upon to be a strong talent pool in the workplace can actually become that.”
To make women financially independent, economically strong, and socially empowered, Her Second Innings is a Bengaluru-based platform.
With transparent interactions and unconditional support, Her Second Innings helps women seek new opportunities by upskilling and reskilling, gaining the project experience to help them can get back to the workforce.
The portal facilitates collaborations with industry experts to mentor these women. It provides training for various courses including Python language and business finance programmes. In 2018, the platform had nearly 8,000 women members, helping over 200 women successfully get back to the workforce.