Women Uninterrupted: STL Sterlite Technolgies Limited Closing the Gender Gap in Manufacturing

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It’s a regular day at the colouring unit of STL’s optical fibre cable solutions plant at Silvassa. A group of 21-22 year old women is methodically working the production lines, gathering data and getting ready for the self-defence and financial planning sessions scheduled for later in the day. It’s a regular day with one big difference – the jobs these young women proudly hold in the company’s manufacturing units were historically operated, for over 10 years, by mostly men. Bridging the gender gap in what was an all-male bastion, is a feat worthy of celebration.

STL – Sterlite Technology Limited, a global data network solutions company, has always been an equal opportunity employer. The new feat is that now its colouring department, with 103 women, is a 100% all-women team. This is a progressive change in the world of Indian manufacturing.

A Day in the Life

A regionally diverse team (with representatives from Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Orissa, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, UP, MP and Punjab) take a tea-break and share their experience of what it is to work in STL’s manufacturing operations:

‘I decided to join Sterlite Technologies Limited – STL when I heard them converting one of their sections to all-women managed section. That itself gave me the confidence to come all the way to Silvassa from Arunachal Pradesh and start my career in a company which believes in women empowerment and their abilities to drive results.’

Chitralekha Gogoi, Associate – Manufacturing

‘STL is like an extended family for most of us coming from far away places.’

Khushboo Kumari, Associate – Manufacturing

‘After having worked in Gurgaon, I had to leave the job due to safety concerns. But when I got to know of the facilities provided to women employees at STL – Sterlite Technologies Limited Silvassa, I thought of giving it a try and am glad that I’m a part of this organisation. From my pick up to my drop, everything is very well taken care of which also gives my parents the confidence to leave me here.’

Sushmita Rout, Associate – Manufacturing

‘I love being a part of this organisation as we just don’t work here but also have a lot of fun.’

Dipali Patil, Associate – Quality

These women not only financially support their families, but because of an opportunity provided at such a young age, are all set to become women with strong vision and a sense of self. More power to them!

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