Womenfolk Should Be More Proactive: Manjula Dharmalingam
In a break from traditional one-to-one Mentees-Mentors meetings, a dozen of young women — eager to seek guidance — catch up in Bangalore’s Cubbon Park as a part of Women’s Day celebrations on March 10. The Global Mentoring Walk marked women from different background connect, emerge and elevate ideas in support of women leaders in Bengaluru. It was organised by Her Second Innings in association with Vital Voices Global partnership and SheThePeople.TV.
Sub Inspector Shobha from Cubbon Park Police Station made sure that everything flowed smoothly.
Highlighting the value of such an inspiring event, she told us, “Not only women get to lead each other to empowerment but also they encourage growing big in their respective fields. When I am here watching all these fabulous women chatting over what they aspire to be, it inspires me.”
When I am here watching all these fabulous women chatting over what they aspire to be, it inspires me.”
The women got together to discuss aspirations, challenges along with action planner, Manjula Dharmalingam. The Founder of Her Second Innings told us that the reason they were motivated to bring out the event was to put women together. They want all the womenfolk of the area to be more proactive in matters concerning their rights and entrepreneurship. “We were actively trained on how to create a unique place where mentors can pass the friendly advice to mentees and build stronger communities,” Manjula claimed.
“We were actively trained on how to create a unique place where mentors can pass the friendly advice to mentees and build stronger communities,”
“The difference what we’ve brought here is we have carefully selected mentors for each mentee, identically chosen from the strength and commitment. It’s one of a kind program, to be run for eight months,” she explained.
“Every single woman is a wonder woman,”
Also, mentor Sudha Adarsh of Oracle says that being a woman she is proud to be associated with women here. “Every single woman is a wonder woman,” Sudha hailed.
“We need more such platforms to encourage women to understand what is the network. By asking questions anyone can find the right lead. If I had such an opportunity when I was young and ready to jump up to do something unique, I would have created various businesses by now. We never had such forum to get inspired from,” she added.
While talking about diversity in the workplace, Sudha said, “The percentage of women in the industry is very small. This is hard to believe because women bring stability to the organization. And not having them inside is the biggest problem India is facing today. It’s often seen in many companies that the department tries hard to solve women’s issues without having any women as a lead or on the top. Which should change immediately.”
So, while we chase the dream to run our own venture or have already started-up, let’s step ahead in the game. Find a right mentor ladies. Walk the Change!