Inclusivity, equality and diversity are the words of the hour as society shifts its focus to provide equal opportunities to all. More women across the country are now participating in the workforce, especially in sectors previously dominated by men, and education and literacy rates for women are also on the rise.
Recognizing the need to provide career women a structured network to discuss their experiences and challenges, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) launched the Indian Women Network (IWN) in 2013. Since its inception, IWN has brought together career women from across the country to work together in addressing workplace challenges faced by women and raise awareness about creating gender parity in businesses and society. Spread across 17 States and 7 Zones, IWN’s network of women achievers include: women in industry, family businesses; entrepreneurs; independent professionals, and women students and faculty in higher education institutions.
To reach its goals, IWN:
IWN also has various capacity building initiatives to promote participation of women in the workforce. These include:
Through these and other initiatives that encompass workshops, training programs and conclaves, IWN has been altering the landscape for women, empowering them to reach their full economic potential.
National Committee on Women Empowerment and IWN are focussing efforts towards
developing a long-term roadmap which identifies areas where CII can create
awareness and help build an enabling ecosystem for women in the workplace.
Working with the Indian industry, businesses, policy makers and women, CII and
IWN aim to provide tangible results in key initiatives through policy advocacy,
knowledge creation and on-ground interventions. 
At the recently
concluded CII EXCON, South Asia’s largest construction equipment exhibition
held in December 2019, women in the infrastructure sector was an area of
special focus. The CII Women Building India – Equal Opportunity Awards were
launched and recognized companies from the infrastructure sector which have
taken proactive steps to enable women to participate in the workforce.
(1) CII – IWN Brochure (Slide 2)
(2) CII – IWN Brochure (Slide 3)
(3) Volume 4 – Women Matter Newsletter (pg. 5, 9)
(4) IWN Website – https://indianwomennetwork.in/