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Highlighting problems: Participants at a convention of the State unit of All-India Bank Officers Confederation’s Women’s Wing in Bangalore on Sunday.
Highlighting problems: Participants at a convention of the State unit of All-India Bank Officers Confederation’s Women’s Wing in Bangalore on Sunday.

Staff Reporter

‘We have to be assertive and articulate our concerns so that we can move up’

Bangalore: Long working hours that sometime extend beyond midnight, with no transport or security provided; the denial of pension; inadequate maternity and paternity leave; and the need for additional leave for women over 45 years were some of the issues raised at a convention of the Karnataka unit of the All-India Bank Officers Confederation’s (AIBOC) Women’s Wing here on Sunday.

Pushpa G. Kumar, president of the State unit, said that a woman’s “multifarious responsibilities” — including those at home — pulled her back from climbing up the professional ladder.

“We have to be assertive and articulate our concerns so that we can move up in the industry,” she said.

While several changes had come about in the last few decades to address women’s rights in the banking sector, there was still a long way to go, Ms. Kumar added.

Speaking of the need for wage revision, Shylaja Kumari, secretary of the Karnataka unit, pointed out that there was not a single woman representative in the negotiations committee of the AIBOC.

“It is often said that there is a woman behind every successful man. But how often have we heard of a man behind a successful woman?” asked chief guest I.B. Vijayalakshmi, cardiologist at the Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology.

“You have not heard of one, perhaps because such a man does not exist,” she added.

Society was measured by the status of women, and therefore women in the country must be educated, Dr. Vijayalakshmi said.

Women officers from several banks across the State attended the convention.

The resolutions passed here will be presented at the national convention of the AIBOC’s Women’s Wing which will be held in November in Kochi.

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