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UNGCNI organizes its 6 th Gender Equality Summit

New Delhi, 2 March 2023: UN Global Compact Network India (UN GCNI) – A local arm of United Nations Global Compact, New York, organized the 6th edition of its Gender Equality Summit on March 2, 2023, at Hyatt Regency, New Delhi.

Coinciding with      International Women’s Day, UNGCNI’s 6th Gender Equality Summit linked the international theme with the Indian context and highlighted the current generation as a key driver and      India Inc. as a key catalyst for gender equality. The summit was a platform to  discuss issues prevalent in our times and the efforts that will be required to ensure gender equality in the years to come.

The summit witnessed over 300 leaders across the sectors sharing insights on women empowerment.

Voice of Leaders


Dr. Sangita Reddy, India Chair – G20 Empower, Past President, FICCI and Jt. Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals, recognized the crucial role that technology and innovation can play in promoting gender equality. She said, Government is committed to promoting a gender-equal future where women and girls have equal access to opportunities and resources, and where their contributions to society are valued and celebrated.



Mr. Arun Kumar Singh, President UN-GCNI and Chairman & CEO, ONGC, added “Digitalization has enabled women to access quality education without compromising their mobility, While, automation and technology have encouraged women to explore avenues which were earlier perceived as male dominated, but now, with improved technology we have unmanned production platforms which have made the work gender neutral and working in favour of gender equality.

 Vaishali Nigam Sinha, Chair UN GCNI GES 2023 and Chairperson, Sustainability, ReNew , stated “For the world to become sustainable and prosperous it is important to ensure that women are constantly engaging with the world by becoming part of the education system, government and the professional world.  It is crucial that women are exposed to technology and provided with a conducive environment to achieve this.

Ranjan Kumar Mohapatra, Chair Admin Committee UN GCNI & Director (HR), Indian Oil, added “

Digital technology is an essential component of our lives and offers a solution to eliminating gender inequality by providing a platform to women which ultimately gives access to information, knowledge, opportunities and even employment leading to a more gender equal transparent society”

Mr. Ratnesh, Executive Director, Global Compact Network India, said, “Holistic development of the nation and its societies can only happen if we assign equal value to both genders. For the growth and true success of the nation, gender diversity is imperative and we should strive towards achieving it.

Key Highlights

  • Release of theme paper on Women Empowerment with Ernst & Young India.
  • Insights from the leaders on emerging trends on gender equality.
  • Discussion on the role of young female entrepreneurs in changing cultural barriers in India.
  • Sharing of success stories by the women entrepreneurs from the villages /FPOs created a feeling of self-confidence in women and encouraged them towards becoming a self-sustained business leader.

Renowned speakers

Archana Varma, Mission Director, National Water Mission, GoI ; Dr. Alka Mittal, Former CMD, Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.; Susan Ferguson, Country Rep, UN Women India; Gokul Pandian, Director, EY ; Dr. Shalini Sarin, Board Director, Advisor & Coach, Elektromobilitat India Pvt Ltd. ; Suhas Tuljapurkar , Founder- Director, Legasis Pvt. Ltd. & Managing Partner – Legasis Partners ; Alok De, CEO , Foundation for Development of Rural Value Chains ; Dr. Vineeta Dutta Roy, Head of CSR & Sustainability Department, BIMTECH; Dr. Taruna Gautam, Vice Chancellor, IILM Greater Noida ; Sanket Atal, SVP & MD Salesforce India ; Ajaita Shah, Founder & CEO, Frontier Markets Consulting Pvt. Ltd. ; Shweta Mohanty, VP & Head HR, SAP ; Naghma Mulla, CEO, EdelGive Foundation ; Shalaka Joshi, Gender Lead, South Asia, IFC ; Dr. Niru Kumar, Padmashri , Founder & CEO, Ask Insights, Board Member & National Icon, Election Commission of India ; Chhavi Rajawat, Former Sarpanch, Elected Head, Village Council of Soda ; Dr. Shikha Nehru Sharma, Founder, Nutriwel Health India Ltd.; Ishu Shiva, Founder, Sanitree ; Padmakali Banerjee , Vice Chancellor & President, SPSU Sir Padampat Singhania University ; Swapna Narayanan , Country Head – Kaplan India ; Nidhi Dua, Former Head of India and Sri Lanka Region, Marks & Spencer ; Deepti Vij , Director, Honeywell ; Seema Gaur , Senior ED, IFFCO Tokio General insurance Co. Ltd.

Women Entrepreneurs from villages/FPOs 

Ms. Dhanisha Chandel , Sanchalika, Digital commodity collection centre, Jhurandi, Swarnupaj Mahila Kisan Producer Company Ltd.

Ms. Asgari, Sanchalika, Digital commodity collection centre, Jhalkari Bai Mahila Kisan Producer Company Ltd, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh. 

Ms. Ujjyaro Bai, Member, Baiga Chak Ujiyaro Bai , Dindori and Mandla districts, Madhya Pradesh

Ms. Ram Rati, Member, Satpura Mahila Kisan Producer Company Limited (MKPCL)

About The Global Compact Network India (GCNI) 

UN Global Compact Network India (UN GCNI), a local arm of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), is a call to companies to align their operations and strategies with Ten Universal Principles in the areas of Human rights, Labour, Environment and Anti-corruption and 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For around 2 decade, UN    GCNI has been providing a robust environment for Indian businesses, academic institutions and civil society organizations to strengthen responsible business practices in India. UN GCNI has emerged as the largest corporate sustainability initiative in India with a pan India membership of over 500 leading business and non-business participants. 


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