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Ivanka Trump At The GES 2017 : Daughter and advisor of US President Donald Trump, is all set to lead US delegation for its eighth edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) on November 28, stated to be held in Hyderabad in November. The GES 2016 was held in California.
The global event is likely to witness Prime Minister Narendra Modi joining the summit room with Ivanka as per some reports. According to The Indian Express, when Modi visited the President in Washington in June, he had approached Ivanka for the GES invitation.
“Recognising the importance of fostering an enabling environment for innovation and empowering entrepreneurs, the United States welcomes India’s hosting of the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit ” the statement read.
Following the announcement of this big joint venture all the way to India, at the White House Rose Garden joint press statement, Trump had confirmed, “And I believe she has accepted,” happily adding that Ivanka would definitely be a part of the mega event.
Thank you, Prime Minister Modi, for inviting me to lead the U.S. delegation to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in India this fall. pic.twitter.com/ZNwmTTnGYD
For the first time ever, the GES summit is being held in India and the government is doing every bit possible to make it a huge hit internationally by appointing NITI Aayog as the organizer of the event, and in coordination with Ministry of External Affairs and Andhra Pradesh government, source said.
Since the country has already alarmed the issue of H1B visas, it would be an appropriate time for this joint collaboration to lead us to a greater understanding between the two countries.
The India-US joint statement in June stated, “Applauding the entrepreneurship and innovation of Indians and Indian-Americans that have directly benefitted both nations, President Trump welcomed India’s formal entry into the Expedited Traveler Initiative (global entry programme) in order to facilitate closer business and educational ties between the citizens of India and the United States.”
The event’s crucial aim is to provide a platform for aspiring entrepreneurs and investors from around the world, to come and join together and showcasing a flow of opportunities for greater startup future ahead.
The national capital witnessed the launch of the Online Safety Summit for Women by SheThePeople.TV. The summit got together key voices to discuss solutions of the increased online breaches and sexual harassment of women through online portals. Representatives of all social networks were present and promised to make Internet Safer For Women. They focussed on the new initiatives in this direction along with the new products they are launching to check harassment online.
As women who thrive in the digital world, this effort was to bring together to discuss and debate what will make the internet a more equal space. Why many women still fear the internet. Just how can we make it safer, not just as a place to communicate and network, but grow, learn, transact and more.
The summit started with the panel discussion titled “The Social Safety Network” with panelists from Twitter, Facebook and Google. This session threw light on how popular consumer platforms like FB, Twitter, and Google are fixing the safety challenges faced by a country like India.
“The internet is the invisible force driving advancement for women in India. It opens up economic opportunities, helps with education and gives women a voice. We want to help women in India capitalize on this opportunity and help keep them safe while doing so,” Ankhi Das, Public Policy Director, Facebook -India, South & Central Asia said.
What are the ways in which women can be given a voice? “In the last couple of months, we have been rolling out product updates. We have some new enforcement mechanisms in place too. What happens if we think a tweet has violated twitter rules, we may ask them to delete that tweet before we can resume access to their account. We are finding some improvement. This tells the user why they went wrong and where they went wrong,” says Mahima Kaul, Public Policy Head of Twitter India.
Reporting remains a big part of the effort of enforcement of behaviour online. “When somebody reports, it’s important to understand local language and cultural contexts as well,” says Sunita Mohanty of Google India. “With the government we also partner for law enforcement trainings.”
Ankhi Das added, “We have policies which prohibit bullying, impersonation, harassment and hate speech; products which are designed to help prevent abuse and help those in need; and we work with a variety of non-profits to deliver safety educations programs across the country. We believe that by working together, through organizations like SheThePeople, we can have a greater impact on helping women in India stay safe online.”
Shaili Chopra, Founder, SheThePeople.TV said, “All stakeholders needed to get together and explore a consolidated approach for the safety of women from the trolls, eve teasing, stalking and other crimes aimed at them at online portals. It is a scaled effort to bring to light the experiences, lessons of varied organizations and make the women better prepared for the dangers lie hidden in the future of the online world.”
She was james bond in khadi. She was India’s first political supremo. Indira’s politics is what has shaped India’s current wave of leadership style says author and journalist Sagarika Ghose. In her book, Indira Gandhi: India’s most powerful Prime Minister she presents a nuanced portrait of the first woman Prime Minister of our country.
Sagarika articulates that Indira was the first political leader to carve a leadership style that put herself in the centre. “Indira Gandhi started dynasty rule! Original Bahubali of politics,” she says in conversation with Shaili Chopra at the latest edition of SheThePeople Bookclub held at SodaBottleOpenerWala in Gurgaon.
In a cosy and focused conversation with fellow book lovers, Sagarika regaled the audience with details of Indira’s sarees, her love for food, the timid behind the terror.
Her insights about Mrs Gandhi’s childhood, which shaped her personality, are particularly intriguing. The book not only talks about the supremo of politics but also about Indira the woman in flesh-and-blood. Indira Gandhi was a single female child in her family and lived with a life-long complex about being a woman, this made her relationship with gender ambiguous. She had a kind of toughness which very few politicians have.
Indira Gandhi started dynasty rule! Original Bahubali of politics.
Sagarika says, “There was a paradox in her personality. She was both a man and a woman, both politician and mother, who loved beauty but created ugliness in politics.”
She goes on to call her the first Dabangg or the Bahubali neta of Indian politics. Who always wanted her family to keep ruling. She refers to Indra Gandhi’s tenure as a leader as ‘Indirafication of Indian politics’. The author believes Indira Gandhi had a kind of grit and toughness which very few politicians today would have.
Constitutional democracy was not her game.
Talking about her legacy, Sagarika said, “Her legacy is quite controversial. She was not a Democrat. Constitutional democracy was not her game. Indira Gandhi ruled with an iron hand, a ruthless politician, who was determined to gain power for herself. She was someone who was determined that India would remain within the Nehru-Gandhi family. She had no doubts about that her family will rule India.”
Sagarika draws a parallel between erstwhile Indira’s Government and the present day led by Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi’s style of politics.
She says, “There is a lot of similarity between Narendra Modi and Indira Gandhi. Narendra Modi is Indira Gandhi’s greatest Bhakt. He deserves to be the true heir in terms of being supreme in the party, supreme in the government, one-man show, collision with the media, collision with the judiciary.”
“The BJP Government today doesn’t say a single word against Indira Gandhi. She is the heroine of Bangladesh war and an iron leader. That’s a Dabang leadership and she embodies all of that.”
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When one thinks about online safety for women, the primary stakeholders in the conversation obviously involve social networks and search engines which give individuals a platform to express their views in the first place. Facebook, Twitter and Google are also places where a huge spew of hate and aggression is hurled at women — from critiquing the clothes of a cricketer’s wife to body shaming sportswomen, actresses, and just about any woman out there — the trolls will not stop at anything. So how are social media networks stepping up and giving women the tools to empower themselves?
At the first session of the Online Safety Summit, The Social Safety Network, spokesperson from Facebook stressed that it is a mission-driven company which has numerous policies and community standards in place to combat bullying and any kind of harassment.
“The internet is the invisible force driving advancement for women in India. It opens up economic opportunities, helps with education and gives women a voice,” says Ankhi Das, Public Policy Director, Facebook -India, South & Central Asia – Facebook. “We want to help women in India capitalize on this opportunity and help keep them safe while doing so. We have policies which prohibit bullying, impersonation, harassment and hate speech; products which are designed to help prevent abuse and help those in need; and we work with a variety of non-profits to deliver safety educations programs across the country. We believe that by working together, through organizations like SheThePeople, we can have a greater impact on helping women in India stay safe online.”
Programmes To Spread Awareness
“Every piece of content on Facebook is reportable and we have robust mechanisms and local stakeholders in place to help that happen. Our biggest challenge is that not many people know about our safety regulations, which is why we conduct extensive outreach programmes to spread the awareness.”
Sunita Mohanty of Google agreed with Das and stated that education and empowerment is key to the company. And of course, global policies need to be localised (or as she says, glocalised) so that in context, it is faster to address a possible report on the search engine.
Catching Them Young
“When it comes to Internet, we at Google, believe in starting young. We have safety workshops for students in schools. We recently conducted a programme called Internet Saathi, which reached out to 10 million rural women in 100,000 villages. So, we are working with the government and Supreme Court to ensure safety for children on the internet which obviously percolates to women,” said Mohanty.
The word trolling is perhaps even more amplified on Twitter, where behind the garb of anonymity, one might be more likely to get away with verbally abusing someone. Mahima Kaul from Twitter said that the platform is open and public so that anyone can seek out information based on their interests and needless to say, a conversation always has two sides.
“This can lead to abuse and harassment but it is important to keep the debate civil, irrespective of how opposing two views may be. We are all about enabling the victim and we also constantly strive to come up with policies which doesn’t necessarily sanitise the platform. Because of this, we don’t take down any content which doesn’t violate Twitter rules.”
Facebook, Twitter and Google aspire to keep listening to their users and keep safety parameters in place. Ankhi Das concluded by saying that women in general need to speak more and fight for their rights
“There needs to be changes in the discourse. Women should be able to say whatever they want and we, as organisations, will continue our commitment to support them by making the internet a safer space to interact and engage.”
Her dream is to be sustainable. Rema Sivaram is the co founder of FairKonnect, a new-age fashion concept based out of Bengaluru, seeking to connect artisans and fashion patrons using principles of fair trade. Their goal? Keeping ethical and sustainable lifestyle alive.
Slow Fashion promotes the belief of fair wages and through the concept labourers, suppliers, and artisans are paid equally.
Bringing artisans to realise the opportunity is not easy. Rema and her colleagues want to put together weavers and textile artisans and present them market offerings to be able to produce what’s in demand. “The artisans sector is a very unorganised space so we aim to bridge that gap by making them market ready. No denying the fact that our country’s artisans are highly skilled, but unfortunately have been mistreated from ages. They deal with unfair wage and trades and not necessarily meeting the standards of international buyers. We reach out to them, to make them step up to the international standard and help them improve through creative interaction.” Rema explains in a candid chat with SheThePeople.TV, sitting at their Bangalore studio.
Haute couture has new meaning as ‘slow’ fashion takes the ramp. Rema and her co-founder Pradeep organised Bengaluru’s first Slow Fashion to celebrate easy lifestyle with natural and cool fabrics. “Through our Slow Fashion event organised in the studio, we came to a conclusion, that people like sustainable garments and that the concept of sustainability is a very recent idea in the fashion world which is taking the globe by storm. FairKonnect’s own brand showcased at the event was Ethic Attic. Our events focus on bringing such brands together, which are working in the sustainable market, and giving a platform to conscience shopping,” Rema claims.
POPULARISING FAIR TRADE
FairKonnect wants to sow ethical practices, not only to make clothing more accessible to the stylegoers, but also to offer local artisans fair wages and zero wastage. Their vision is to make India the capital of Fair Trade given our vast net of talented artisans and our love for organic fabrics.
“Slow Fashion is a new term in the mainstream, but slowly and steadily is making all the fame it deserves. We all are aware of the term Slow Food, that implies eating organically, clean and healthy — similarly Slow Fashion is ensuring ethical conduct in the production of clothing. It promotes the belief of fair wages and through the concept labourers, suppliers, and artisans are paid equally. Also, maintaining zero wastage is the big goal here,” Rema echoed.
Here’s wishing Rema all the best for her exceptional idea.