Making organizations achieve women empowerment

Urmila Chanam
Posted April 12, 2019 from India
At the corporate office of a private company based in Bangalore, India

Women empowerment is a current focus, globally but what are its indicators, how can you work to achieve women empowerment, how can you know women empowerment is being achieved or not achieved? I was at a corporate office today in Bangalore, India to interact with the management and its employees from all the departments including the Human Resource and Operations to identify the organisational aspiration of women empowement, integrate it into their organization, monitor it and lead change not just in how their female work force work and live but how they can impact the society. It was rather a great opportunity for me to help organizations build systems and mechanisms to make the work environment ' enabling for women' and pave way for women empowerment. In the beginning of my career in social work, I worked on empowering women and now after 12 years of experience of working at the grassroots with women and with the government, I am able to make organizations reflect on empowering their female work force and through their programs achieve women empowerment.

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jlanghus
Apr 12
Apr 12

Wow Urmila! What a great honor this must have been for you to inspire employees and instill an empowerment program at this company. Are you in charge of checking in with them, or are they on their own now? I'd be interested to see what progress they have made in the future and how it has impacted the female employees. Thanks for sharing this great update.

Hope you have a great day, and weekend:-)

Urmila Chanam
Apr 13
Apr 13

Sister Jill, yes, it indeed was an opportunity to contribute to an organization( a company) to look at women's issues at a larger perspective . I am not in charge but I am an external contributor with scope for sustained partnership to roll out our discussions into plans and implementation. Please note this sector is not our sector of social development-social justice-civil society- NGO, rather it is a business sector. So working in another sector to influence social issue is a new path for me and one that gives me deep contentment. I have travelled across 3354 km to my hometown for my annual leave of 1 month, no work but family time :)

Love and hugs,
Urmila Chanam,
India

jlanghus
Apr 13
Apr 13

Very cool:-) Yes. I figured. It's great that you're branching out and able to make more impact outside the social development, etc. realm.

Hope you enjoy your rest...

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Jensine Larsen
Apr 13
Apr 13

Yes! You are a world leader and global expert on the process of empowerment and how to measure it. Your services need bebin hot demand.

Urmila Chanam
Apr 13
Apr 13

Thank you, sister Jensine for your loving words and belief in me.Women empowerment is an outcome when women are employed, retained, given equal opportunity of thriving, being in the department and functionality of her choice and expertise not dictated by gender norms and policies to protect her development, livelihood and addressal of conflict or complaint without penalty for exercising her voice. These are few areas of discussion and I hope to share it with more organizations and forums.

Love and prayers from India
Urmila Chanam

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 13
Apr 13

Dear Urmila,
I have read as you went on long journeys through villages across your country teaching girls about menstruation and personal empowerment, had young men on motorcycles following your lead, created open air theatre in towns and villages, interviewed farmers on environmental conditions, spoke with government people about women's and girls' rights - and now this. You continually shine a light on how to open yet more paths. So many women in the business world will benefit. You are such an inspiration in how to make change happen.
Much love in sisterhood,
Tam

Urmila Chanam
Apr 13
Apr 13

Dearest Tam,
I am privileged to have you as my World Pulse sister to have stood by me in this journey, help me whenever I needed and encourage me. The biggest love is that of encouragement and you are the best!
Love you lots
Urmila Chanam
India

florence kekong
Apr 14
Apr 14

Urmila, this a wonderful Initiative. I love this. It gives me more strength to push on as I go on with my project: "My Empowerment Walk: One Woman At-A-Time". It is good to have the indicators, know where we are/going in this women empowerment we all crave for. Thank you sister. I wish you success in this journey.

Urmila Chanam
Apr 14
Apr 14

Dear Florence,
Thanks for your wishes my sister. We have to take every woman with us.
Love and prayers
Urmila Chanam,
Imphal

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CATHIE
Apr 17
Apr 17

Hello Urmila,
What a great work you have done! Am so proud of your empowerment initiative. Many blessings and love as you continue to instill this in many other organizations.
Cheers.

Urmila Chanam
yesterday
yesterday

Dear Catchie,
If you see you will find women around the world have similar problems. Have you seen th World Pulse film- Log On Rise Up? It conveys the key message that unless women come together( as women come together on World Pulse) we will take hundreds of years to achieve gender equality. Thank you for reading my story sister.
Love and prayers,
Urmila Chanam

Kirthi
Apr 19
Apr 19

How lovely, Urmi! Absolutely adore reading you, and learning from you <3

Urmila Chanam
yesterday
yesterday

Dear Kirthi,
I adore you as well and all the amazing work you are doing on gender and schools. I hope we will meet this year and work together.
Love and hugs
Urmila Chanam