The Economic Times Women’s Forum

In a year when the focus is on the economy, we welcome you to The Economic Times Women’s Forum, a milestone in the national dialogue of gender and work. Meet the women who are creating opportunities for millions of other women and the new generation of bold young achievers online, in sports, in tech, in the armed forces and several other fields.

Featuring keynote addresses, panel discussions, one-on-one interviews, interstitial spotlights and entertainment, the Economic Times Women’s Forum is a serious multimedia pageant that goes to the heart of the challenges we face as women: Are you worried about the impact of the deep economic slowdown on your financial security? Do you feel more vulnerable than ever in public spaces? What new pathways does tech offer to success?

With unemployment at record levels, less than a quarter of working age women have jobs in a year when India graduated more women than men from its colleges. Why has India slipped again this year to 112 in the authoritative Global Gender Gap Index and what is the government and private sector doing to reverse this trend? We ask industry leaders and the women who are elected to Parliament for the first time.

This year we celebrate leaders who have empowered millions of rural women and those who have revived the luxury sector; Indian women have beaten men in winning laurels in athletics and other sports and a woman led the Republic Day Parade while others are fighting terror and crime on the frontlines in the North east. These are signs of inroads in patriarchy, of a gathering shift that must be harnessed to unleash the “Power of Half a Billion”. Join us at The Economic Times Women’s Forum 2020 to make change happen.

The Economic Times Women’s Forum is a ‘By Invitation’ event. You can request an invite here.


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