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Making Women Safe at Work in India

Nasscom, the industry body that represents Indian technology companies, says women form more than a third of its workforce due to measures taken to ensure the safety (particularly in transportation) of its women employees. A BBC article summarizing Nasscom's success can be found here: http://dowser.org/social-enterprises-respond-to-delhi-gang-rape-case/

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The safety measures include:
  • Providing company transport to and from the workplace
  • Ensuring that the women employee is not the first to be picked up and not the last to be dropped
  • Installing GPS tracking systems in all cabs
  • Companies doing background checks all security guards and drivers including maintaining records of fingerprints and photographs
  • Companies providing their database of drivers to Nasscom and they in turn give that to the police.
Although for small businesses, it's a lot harder to invest in security measures, this company understands that for more women to work for them, they must ensure their safety. This helps to empower women in Delhi, India by giving them the confidence to travel to their workplace.

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Hello Blair, great contribution. I agree that safety of women is an important point but in able to make safety possible, I agree that we have to make the transportation safe as well. Sometimes in these low-income urban areas, the investment of transportation is pricey but in a long run the government should realize that they will benefit but also protecting the lives of many individuals. Also by partnering up with such business like Nasscom, we can use a similar model in where we can find a solution for our challenge in where we can provide safety for women around the globe.

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