With roughly only one women out of ten professionals constituting the workforce of the Indian pharma industry, it seems that it may take a long while before the sector can claim a healthy gender diversity ratio. However, despite the challenges, women stalwarts are defying stereotypes to create space for more ladies in top leadership in the India Pharma Inc.
Smita Holey – AVP (International Business) talks about how women can break barriers to make their names in the pharma industry. Read the excerpts below-
“Having more women in the leadership position will create a safe platform for women professionals, reducing the number of dropouts of accomplished women from the chain. When the change is slow, women feel unheard and undervalued and hence they seek other opportunities. Working on the societal construct as well as grooming the women workforce can help put more women leaders in the pharma industry ultimately leading to more pharma women leaders. Companies nowadays are making conscious efforts to highlight their women leaders on platforms such as in media, conferences, business meetings etc. providing a platform for their growth. Such initiatives act as a strong communication point in encouraging future generations.”
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