Jamshedpur, Feb 1: XLRI – Xavier School of Management, in its endeavour to empower women of the country has set up a path breaking Centre for Gender Equality and Inclusive Leadership (CGEIL)in March 2021 to make a meaningful impact on the inclusion of women in economically gainful activities. The B-school has now appointed Alka Raza, an accomplished journalist, media professional and author as its chairperson.
Creation of CGEIL was the initiative of XLRI Alumni, who were passionate about enhancing women’s participation in workforce and leadership. After the establishment of CGEIL,to support its initiative, a formal body of XLRI Alumni, which is XL4W, was instituted.
While welcoming the new chairperson, Father Paul Fernandes, and the director of XLRI said, “It is an honour and privilege to welcome Alka Raza, an accomplished media professional and academic to the XLRI family. We are delighted to have Alka become a part of the Centre with her 35+ years of experience, which has spanned across continents all over the globe. She brings vast experiences to the institution from covering major socio political & economic crises around the world. Her significant contributions addressing human development and women’s issues are bound to add value to our teachings. We look forward to learning more from her extensive work which has previously reverberated in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and South-East Asia among other places.”
The director stressed that “CGEIL has an ambitious goal, which is, to significantly increase the participation of women in the workforce within the next 5-10 years through strategic and broad-based interventions. As a first step, we have set up the CGEIL, and we aim to build a world-class centre of excellence in years to come.” Despite the pandemic and stressful 2021, CGEIL and XL4W was able to mobilise and organise some very purposeful activities including the launch of “UP! Surge – Journey to the C-Suite- a leadership workshop for women in senior management positions aspiring for C-Suite roles”.
Alka Raza thanked XLRI for the trust and confidence it has shown in her vast experience and capabilities. She said, “I am honoured to be part of the oldest and a leading management institute in the country. My experience over the years has taught me that it is our need and duty to reach out to those who live in underprivileged circumstances. We must recognize women for their role and contribution they have been making for centuries”.