Sustainable development depends on women. We cannot achieve the SDGs without gender equality. A big thank you to to the 60+ who joined our event. Also a big thank you to Norad, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, who was our co-host for this event.

India now officially has more females than males. There has been a demographic shift.

According to latest data released by the Indian government, there are now 1,020 women for every 1,000 men. Women’s economic empowerment is highly connected to poverty reduction because women tend to invest their earnings into their communities and family’s development. According to World Bank estimates, India’s women in workforce contribute 17% to GDP, which is less than half the global average.

The conversation was moderated by Ritika Dhall. 

Ritika Dhall is Head of Gender Equality at Norad, the Norwegian Directorate for Development Cooperation. In this function, she contributes to Norway’s international engagement and oversees the implementation of development aid investments in women, peace and security, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), LGBTQ+, gender based violence and harmful practices, gender equality for development and civil society. From 2012-2014, she worked on key programmatic interventions in social protection and social policies, contributing to cross-sectoral programme strategies and humanitarian response with UNICEF Iraq. She has worked extensively with inequalities, socio-economic deprivations through policies, programmes and services for marginalised groups. She holds a Cand. Polit. in Political Science.

Our guests were:

Isabelle Ringnes, co-founder of

Parul Soni, founder of ThinkThrough Conslutning and founder of Association of Business Women in Commerce & Industry (ABWCI)

Kari Helene Partapuoli, General Secretary, Plan Norway

A few of the questions that were addressed:

You can listen to the podcast here:

According to the United Nations, India has the largest diaspora (17.5 million) in the world. There’s a reason the Indian diaspora is the largest in the world. “Non-residential” Indians are becoming “not-returning” Indians, and even the “reverse brain drain” has stopped. 

Over the years, millions of young talented Indians from various disciplines have left their soil in search of better opportunities. Overseas university education has been a favourite among Indian students for a very long time. As of 2018, nearly 753 000 Indian students were studying abroad. It is clear that the brightest minds desire the West’s greener pastures.

We invited Charanleen Kaur who works as  Cyber Security Project Manager at Schibsted for t his podcast episode to share her thoughts on: 

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