Accelerating gender equality for all

India could be 27 percent richer with a more gender balanced workforce, says the IMF. While the benefits are obvious, it’s a long road to equality.

Ushering in a decade of delivery and shared success

As we make steady strides in recovering from the pandemic, there’s a great opportunity for women to emerge as equal partners and key economic actors. But first, we need to level the field and overcome challenges such as hurdles to access, affordability, lack of education, and inherent biases that prevent women and girls from benefiting from the wave of digital transformation across various fields.

Accelerating gender equality matters now more than ever, with the pandemic hitting women harder. Today, women make up only 19.9% of the workforce in India and are paid 34.5% less than men for the same work. It’s time to act—failure to do so threatens to push the gender equality timeline by more than 50 years.

In our International Women’s Day sessions, eminent personalities from different walks of life shared how we can accelerate equality for all. Together, let’s make this the decade of delivery and shared success.

Avnish Sabharwal, Managing Director, Accenture Ventures and Open Innovation, India, penned an impactful article on the topic it's about time to give women tech entrepreneurs the much needed fillip they need.

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"I believe more women should step forward to break barriers toward entrepreneurship in tech. Companies should commit to help them find their feet, as there's never been a greater need for tech innovation as we look to rebuild a post-pandemic world."

— Avnish Sabharwal, Managing Director – Accenture Ventures and Open Innovation, India

How you can make a difference

Making the world a more equal place starts with each one of us. There’s a lot we can do to level the field for women through our everyday actions — whether it’s recognizing and removing unconscious bias, being vocal supporters of gender equality, questioning stereotypes or supporting women to evolve into future leaders. So, commit to equality now and create positive change. 

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If not now, when?

Accenture Research collaborated with W20 on a report that details the unequal impact of COVID-19 on women, and the role that businesses and governments must play to help the progress towards gender equality.

Leading the change

I believe women have this innate quality to take everyone along and enable collective growth. India will make real progress when we treat our women as equal partners at home and at work. As responsible leaders, we must act now to accelerate equality.


Sailaja Bhagavatula

Managing Director, Avanade & AMBG lead – Accenture Advanced Technology Centers, and Inclusion & Diversity Sponsor – Accenture India

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