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Tata Motors revs up woman power

That’s what women of Tata Motors Limited said they felt like on International Women’s Day eve. But they also said that without supportive colleagues and family members, it was a tough road ahead for working women.

Around 1,250 women — 984 employees and around 250 wives of personnel — gathered together on Tata Motors plant premises to unleash the diva in themselves with Surekha Nerurkar, chief guest, social worker and the better-half of Tata Steel managing director H.M. Nerurkar.

It was sisterhood sans worker-manager or trainee-senior hierarchy at the daylong event titled Diva, where the women from Tata Motors, Tata Technologies and Tata Motors Driveline showcased how they juggled work, home and socialising.

They also recounted how they multitasked — dropping the child off to school, working, rustling up recipes for the family and socialising — almost everyday of the year.

“We started hosting it last year to celebrate womanhood. We are all working women who manage work and our families and we need to appreciate each other. Thus, we thought of continuing this year too. It motivates women and provides them with a conducive environment at work. All women employees participated today. There was no distinction between seniors and juniors,” said Sunayna, manager, finance at Tata Motors and a Diva co-ordinator.

Besides anecdotes (titled Sharing Your Story), there were a string of fun-filled contests such as collage, debate, essay, singing, poster-making, dance, rangoli, fancy dress and slogan writing, photography and the self-explanatory Ladynovation.

Employees also presented a skit on the tightrope work-life balance of a working woman and the role of her colleagues and family members.

Chief guest Nerurkar spoke on the history of the International Women’s Day. She also stressed on the need of making it popular among rural women.

“As we all celebrate woman’s day in urban areas, I am sure that there are many in rural areas who do not even know about the existence of such a celebration. All they know is to work round the year and take care of their families. We should make them know about the importance of the day,” she said to applause.

Jayanti Datt, Tata Motors assistant general manager, agreed with Nerurkar.

“We liked the suggestion. We want to implement it on the ground in areas where Tata Motors undertakes its CSR activities,” she added.

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