Message from Honíble President
“There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women” - very well said by Dr Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of United Nations. “Women Empowerment” has always been and still is a burning issue all over the world. A woman is dynamic in the many roles she plays. Therefore, it is essential to encourage women to find practical solutions to their challenges so that each one becomes self-dependent in their own right. Today, professional women have made tremendous strides in terms of drawing on their strengths, abilities, and confidence in the workplace in recent years.
Taking cognizant steps for the same, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India had setup Women Members Empowerment Committee to work towards strengthening the social, economic and educational powers of women members. The Women Members Empowerment Committee has been actively working since last 2 years by conducting various Programmes, Seminars, Workshops towards the same. The Committee endeveours to create a sense of belonging spirit amongst the women members that allows for them to face similar challenges as a team rather than individually.
We at the Institute firmly believe that the empowerment of our women members would result in active participation of them in some or the other economic activities and decisions, ultimately contributing towards overall economic development of our nation. Women have the power to transform their own lives, their families, their communities and the world.
Friends, don't let being a woman hold you back from the leader that you're destined to be. In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear for failure. And as rightly said by Gandhiji, “Woman is the companion of man gifted with equal mental capacity”. The climb to the top can be tough going for anyone but Confidence is something that we ought to transcend what we know and we do.
I compliment CA. Jay Chhaira, Chairman, CA. Kemisha Soni, Vice Chairman and other members of the Women Members Empowerment Committee of the ICAI. I wish that the Committee would explore newer avenues, formulate and implement plans, policies and programmes for development and empowerment of Women CAs and would facilitate the women members to further strengthen their position in the profession in a comprehensive manner.
CA. M. Devaraja Reddy
Message from the Vice-President
You may find it interesting that when the first woman Chartered Accountant Ms. Ethel Watts called accountancy an eccentric choice of profession for women in 1924, it didnít sound strange, including in India. But with Ms. Shirin K. Engineer of Mumbai and Ms. R. Shivabhogam of Chennai becoming first and second Indian woman Chartered Accountant respectively in 1933 and 1947, the story changed in India. Time has come full circle since then, with more and more women joining the realm of our profession. Today we can boast of women comprising 21.1% of our total membership.Complementing this figure, girls today have 36% share in our active studentship. However, I feel that the immense potential that lie embedded in these encouraging numbers is still vastly untapped and need to be harnessed, strengthened and empowered further in the interest of our profession, our society and our nation.
In this backdrop, I am pleased to note that the Women Members Empowerment Committee (WMEC) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), working for capacity building measures for further empowerment of our women members, has carved out a recognition for itself by conducting various programmes for imparting knowledge on pertinent professional and non professional topics to our women members.
It is an endeavor of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India to equip our women members with such skills which suitably groom them to take leadership positions, to handle any challenge with confidence and grace, becoming positive social change for themselves, their families, other women and society at large. No doubt, more and more women members are making their presence felt and setting higher benchmarks, but an attentive, to the point approach is the need of the hour.
As we all know, Knowledge is power. And the women portal of the ICAI is preciously contributing with the objective of spreading knowledge and creating awareness. While on the one hand this portal is serving the interest of women members, at the same time it is also enabling CA Firms, Business, industry , NGOs etc to tap talent pool which might not be accessible otherwise in normal course. Besides job opportunities, separate sections on success stories, articles, health tips, important announcements and events details are other highlights of the portal. We hope the Women Members Empowerment Committee of the ICAI through this portal and other endevours will be successful in making a significant improvement in the economic as well as social upliftment of its members.
I congratulate CA. Jay Chhaira, Chairman, CA. Kemisha Soni, Vice-Chairperson and other members of the Women Members Empowerment Committee of the ICAI and wish them success in all their future endevours.
CA. Nilesh Shivji Vikramsey
Message from the Chairman
"Knowledge, skills and self-confidence are imperative in the development process for an inclusive society. India today is at the cusp of a paradigm change in its growth and it warrants a gender unbiased approach in all sectors and facets of life.
With this in mind, ICAI set up the Women Members Empowerment Committee 2 years back. Women empowerment would result in overall development of society. And active participation of women in professional activities and decisions, would contribute towards overall economic development.
Creating awareness, imparting knowledge, expanding skill base and motivating the women to realize their true potential is of pertinence; which the Committee envisions to embrace through its various initiatives. The programmes shall aim at providing a solid foundation to nurture the inner strength, creativity and self-esteem of women professionals from all walks of life.
I urge you all to continue to sharpen your knowledge through Events/Programmes being proposed by this committee, and to benchmark yourselves against the best available global practices. There needs to be a sea-change in the mind-set of the people. Our country should thus be catapulted into the horizon of empowerment of women and revel in its glory."
CA. Jay Chhaira,
Women Members Empowerment Committee
Message from the Vice Chairperson
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru once said, “To awaken the people, it is the women who must be awakened. Once she is on the move, the family moves, the village moves, the nation moves”. The issue of empowerment of women has moved to the centre stage, with the global paradigm shift, from growth related to a human development approach.
The Women Members Empowerment Committee constituted by ICAI is a concrete step towards the same by specifically addressing women members’ issues and concerns. This initiative in a comprehensive manner is expected to help them to achieve their goals and further strengthen their position in our profession. At present women constitute 22 per cent of the Institute’s membership. To make them fully empowered and broaden their horizons, the Committee endeavors to give special attention to enable them to effectively utilize their professional knowledge and expertise.
We at the Institute, realize that empowering women members is the key to strengthen their participation in the decision-making which is the most important key to socio-economic development. According to the data of research, it has been noted that empowering women acts as a potential which accelerates the economic growth and helps in continuous development.
When we empower women members, we help in strengthening communities and improve opportunities for a more evolved professional generation. Access to up to date knowledge, updated educational qualifications & social skills is necessary, if more women are to become agents of change.
We believe that the resources and strengths of women need to be channelized, to exploit their full potential. It acts as a catalyst for the social and economic advancement of women and society at large. Training programmes, talks, seminars, panel discussions and workshops on a vast range of subjects especially concerning women and business will be part of our upcoming programs
We have come a long way, since the inception of the Committee and some benchmarks are yet to be achieved. I sincerely hope that our efforts towards women empowerment shall show a remarkable success.
I am really happy to share with you that concerted steps are being taken by this committee towards empowerment of women in the Chartered Accountancy profession as well as socio-economic skills.
I wish the Women Members Empowerment Committee a great success.
CA. Kemisha Soni,
Women Members Empowerment Committee