The Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) hosted the ‘Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk 2018’ on Friday.
Nine mentors from Assam shared their knowledge and experiences with hundreds of participants in a walk within the IIE campus.
IIE organized the event in collaboration with the Guwahati branch of Vital Voices Global Partnership, a Washington-based international not-for-profit NGO that works with woman leaders in areas of economic empowerment, political participation and human rights.
The event in Guwahati is one of 151 mentoring walks taking place in 60 countries.
Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk, convenes established woman leaders and emerging woman leaders to walk together in their community. As they walk, they discuss their personal and professional challenges and successes to establish a mentoring relationship.
Vital Voices Guwahati representative Atreyee Baruah Thekedath introduced the mentors comprising educationists, lawyers, civil servants, doctors and entrepreneurs, who came down to share an hour of their time to mentor the aspiring women.
They included Rakhi Kalita Morol, Associate Professor of Cotton University; Dr Sangeeta Goswami, Psychological Counsellor; Jahnavi Phookan, Owner of Jungle Travels Ltd; Asha Kothari Choudhury, Author and Head of the Department of English, Gauhati University; Nikita Baruah, Advocate, Gauhati High Court; Hemashri Hazarika, Civil Servant; Talk Show Host Florence Handique Rabha; Entrepreneur Prabhiditi Bharti and Dr Mousumi Baruah, Head of the Dept of Computer Science, Assam Engineering College.
Each mentor was allotted four to five participants.
Chief Guest of the function Indrani Baruah, SSP, CID, Assam Police, said there was very less participation of women in the Assam Police, with just 3.8 per cent. “Women should cross the gender barrier and join the police for socio-economic development of the country,” she said.