IIT Madras Students Campaign ‘She Can’ To Empower Women During Pandemic
Through the social initiative ‘She Can,’ online career guidance sessions were held for girl students from schools and colleges, and financial literacy sessions for women working in the unorganized sector.
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras students have launched an online campaign to empower women during the COVID-19 pandemic period by creating awareness about opportunities in education, upskilling, and financial literacy.
Through the ‘She Can’ social initiative -- a part of the IIT Madras annual Tech Festival Shaastra -- students provided career guidance counselling to girl students from schools and college across India.
Sessions on financial management were also conducted for working women in Mumbai and Chennai.
The campaign launch was launched virtually on January 3, 2020, with a panel discussion of eminent women from various walks of life. The participants of the event include Prof. Preeti Aghalayam, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Madras, Ms. Roopa Karemungikar, Vice President of Customer Value, HighRadius, Ms. Vandhana Ramanathan, Co-founder of Wsquare, and Ms. Jagadharini Sampath Kumar, Former VP National Stock Exchange of India Limited.
Lauding the students for the social initiative, Prof Shaikh Faruque Ali, Faculty Advisor, Shaastra 2021, IIT Madras, said, “Shaastra does a social outreach every year wherein our students interact with schools in and around the city for various social activities. This year, even being constrained by the pandemic, the students came up with a brilliant idea of ‘She Can’. Initially, it felt to be an ambitious project but the students pulled all the strings and made it a reality... I congratulate the students’ team and thank all to be a part of the initiative.”
The IIT Madras students organized three career guidance sessions for over 190 girl students from schools across the country. Tese sessions, IIT Madras said, reduced the percentage of students confused about their future plans from 80.2 per cent to 26 per cent.
In addition, leaders in entrepreneurship interacted with around 200 college girls across the country, highlighting the multiple opportunities available for women and motivated them to follow their passion.
According to an official statement, 58.9 per cent of the students felt that they learned about new opportunities, and 59.6 per cent felt an increase in their confidence and motivation levels after the session.
Information about the ‘She Can’ campaign and upcoming events will be shared on the following social media channel - https://www.instagram.com/p/CJldUb1Ah6Q/