Stars from Bollywood, media and advertising join to support debut event of EEMA We Care
Following the launch of EEMA's (Event and Entertainment Management Association) We Care initiative focussed on safety and empowerment women in events, entertainment and media, its debut event kicked off on March 8th 2017. The initiative has gained considerable traction and support from across the industry with all major event agencies signing up to participate and implement the We Care programme.
Marking the International Women's Day, We Care, hosted an event celebrating women in events, media and hospitality, highlighting their roles as well as the challenges that they face. The event which was held at Taj Land’s End Hotel, saw dignitaries from various verticals- film, sports, politics, and business who interacted with the renowned guests who largely comprised of decision makers.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, We Care extended invites toaround 200 prominent women leaders from across the events, media, advertising, hospitality and the corporate world. Seen at the event captivating the audience was the inspirational Story Teller Session, curated and moderated by Roshan Abbas, National Advisory Counsel of EEMA. The WE CARE celebrations were presented by Star TV Network and were hosted by the Taj Group of Hotels and supported by Exchange4Media.
Speaking on the occasion, Sanjay Gupta, MD at Star said, “We believe that the workplace flourishes when every individual is given an equal opportunity to grow. At Star, we are committed to creating a culture of inclusion and diversity. We’re happy to support We Care to drive Nayi Soch.”
On this occasion EEMA signed a charter with The Advertising Club to jointly make the efforts to create a safe and conducive work environment for women in the media, event and advertising industry.
Sabbas Joseph, EEMA President and Founder-Director of Wizcraft International, said, “WE CARE by EEMA is such a proactive initiative whose time has come. It ensures that we create an environment to enable that women can deliver to their full potential. Women in advertising, media, and entertainment are both role models and the biggest influencers and this is the best place to make a beginning.”
Commenting on the association, Raj Nayak, President, The Advertising Club, said, “I am extremely happy to announce this partnership. The Ad Club has been at the forefront of celebrating the contribution of women in our industry’s success and have been a vociferous support of gender equality. Media, both as a platform and as an industry, has a reach that can facilitate change at scale and this partnership will go a long way in furthering the realization of an equal society.”
Commenting on the association, Anurag Batra, Chairman, exchange4media group stated, "I and we support EEMA's We Care initiative whole heartedly and are honored to be a part of it. Although this is the first step in our association, we hope we can play a continual and critical role to make a longterm impact towards the cause of empowering women.
In line with the vision of providing a safe and conducive work environment for women in the media industry, We Care also announced a ‘Helpline’ to aid and assist women in the domains of harassment and mental distress. A set of professional counsellors have been enrolled to provide assistance. Calls coming to the Helpline (01149694998) will be answered by trained personnel who will then redirect them to the concerned person. There are redressal committees at regional levels instituted to enable the process.
With Women comprising almost 50% of the work force in the events, hospitality and media industry, the initiative has become extremely important and EEMA is now actively promoting the initiative among the larger community embracing the fraternity from advertising, marketing, media, communication, entertainment and hospitality. Needless to say, considerable positive support has already been garnered.
A number of talented personalities shared their inspirational stories at the event – Mira Rajput Kapoor, MeghnaGulzar, Mini Mathur, Divya Palat, Eika Banerjee, Cathy O’Dowd and Arnab Goswami to name a few. The fun filled night also had some enthralling performances by Ankit Tiwari, Nicola Johansson and Merlin D’souza.The audience also witnessed a beautiful poetry recitation by author Punam Chadha-Joseph.
Part of the We Care initiative by EEMA were also the Pink Star of Honor awards which were presented to three enormously talented people – Taapsee Pannu, Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury and Farhan Akhtar who have inspired people and achieved so much this past year.
The evening was indeed packed with many surprises which lauded the many achievements of these women from across different walks of life. With the leaders in the business putting their weight behind it, the effort is to make We Care a highly relevant and compelling movement, a game changer, a part of the evolutionist theory, credible and in the “Let’s do it together spirit”.
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