Empowering Women in IT (eWIT), a voluntary not-for-profit women’s forum conceptualised and run by a group of senior women IT professionals in India, celebrated its eighth anniversary with a call to ‘Ascend…Take Charge’, here recently. Commissioner of Higher Education, Government of Gujarat, Jayanti Ravi stressed the importance of networking among women, calling it a “catharsis of sharing and learning” that can be an enabling agent.
With similar thoughts, Rama Sivaraman, president eWIT and chief delivery assurance officer, Polaris Financial Technology Ltd, added, “Working women must take control of their destiny. Whether they choose to move at a slower pace or they get back to a fast-paced career, they must do so without a feeling of guilt.”
Founded in 2006, eWIT is serving as a premier forum for exchange of ideas and pioneering initiatives to unleash the potential of women and their growth in the IT industry.
eWIT brings together on a single platform the challenges faced by women in IT and the decision makers who can make an impact in the workplace. With over 300 IT professionals of both genders and eWIT’s partner organisations in attendance, the event held special significance for the IT work environment and empowered women professionals with the slogan, ‘Ascend…Take Charge’.
The event saw special addresses by C N Ram, ex-CIO, HDFC Bank and founder of Ruralshores, Sujith Kumar J, location HR lead, Infosys Ltd, and Jayashree Mitra, Global Technology Management Office, Standard Chartered Bank, Scope International. These eminent leaders from the industry presented their experiences and answered questions on Women in IT.
With an array of suggestions and extensive support, women IT professionals were encouraged to make use of available avenues and ‘Take Charge’ of their careers.
Excellence Awards were given to winners of various competitions conducted by eWIT and a souvenir was also released on the occasion.