Our Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji has given a vision of Empowering the Nation with Women led Development. ICAI has always strived for excellence in its various endeavours and truly believes in empowerment of women. We have Women Members Empowerment Directorate at ICAI to meet its objectives of encouraging empowerment of women in the profession of Chartered Accountancy and to ensure their more active involvement in the profession.

Requirement of at least 1 woman director on the board has opened a window of opportunity for women professionals to take active and considerable part in the functioning of an organization. This has also created vistas of opportunity for professionals to acquire experience beyond working in traditional practice or firm. Though a Woman director has to play the role like any other director, she brings with her the compassion, practicality and intuitiveness exclusive to her. Women directors also serve as role models, and therefore improve female employees’ performance and boost companies’ image.

Empowering our women members and girls’ students is something that we seek to advance, and we will ensure to make concerted efforts to achieve the same for sustainable development, prosperity, balanced growth, and security.

I am confident that this Background material will be of great significance and will provide assistance and motivation to our women members to become part of the decision-making process in the corporate world and acquire the position of Independent Director.

I really appreciate the efforts put in by Convenor & Deputy Convenor-Women Members Empowerment Directorate and Chairman & Vice-Chairman of Corporate Laws and Corporate Governance Committee of ICAI for undertaking this task and coming out with this ‘Handbook on Role of Women Directors’ providing comprehensive information in such a lucid manner.

I wish the readers a fruitful and enriching experience.

Date: 21st January, 2021

Place: New Delhi

CA. Atul Kumar Gupta

President, ICAI

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