The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) today highlighted various measures undertaken by the IT-BPM industry to enhance awareness on the safety of its women workforce. NASSCOM along with leading BPM players highlighted the various best-practices and support systems that are in place to ensure this.

Announcing the measures, Som Mittal, President, NASSCOM said, “The contribution of women to the growth of our industry has been immense and it is our constant endeavor to provide a safe and secure working environment for all our employees. I must compliment the courage and commitment of our women employees that despite the heightened security concerns, we did not see any decline in attendance, productivity and applicants to jobs in this industry”. He further added, “The industry follows robust practices and has further enhanced its awareness programs for employees to make them aware of these practices. The NASSCOM Best Practices compendium on women security being released today showcases the comprehensive practices adopted by the industry that can be adopted by other industry sectors.”

Vikram Talwar, Chairman, NASSCOM BPM Forum said, “It is important to reiterate that it is the fundamental right of every woman to work and it is the responsibility of the entire ecosystem to ensure that there is a conducive environment created for the same. It is time for all the stakeholders – Industry, Organizations, Governments and law enforcement agencies to work towards this. The industry will continue to enhance and strengthen its own initiatives; however it cannot take over the role of the government and enforcement officials”.

Further, to enhance the level of awareness on safety and security, NASSCOM announced February as the Women Safety Month in the NCR region, wherein industry and NASSCOM will organize a series of events and activities to educate engage and empower its workforce. Over 50 different activities will be organized across companies in the region.

NASSCOM also announced the AppFame contest, wherein corporate, developers and students will be encouraged to build technology applications for women safety. The shortlisted applications will be showcased for adoption to NASSCOM members and other stakeholders.

The Indian IT-BPM sector is one of the largest employers in India and with over 800,000 women employed across levels and has been driving the agenda of gender diversity across large and small companies.

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