GUWAHATI, March 10 - Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk, a global initiative aimed at nurturing upcoming women leaders through mentoring, was organised in the city on the occasion of International Women�s Day.
Guwahati was one of the 160 venues for walks being held simultaneously in 66 countries across the globe. The event was organised at the Jayanta Kumar-Lakhimi Borooah Sadan, Asam Sahitya Sabha complex and also around the historic Dighalipukhuri tank on Sunday.
Atreyee Borooah Thekedath, flagbearer of the event, introduced the mentors along with explaining the objectives of the event. A member of the Vital Voices Global Leadership Network and director, Web.Com (India) Pvt. Ltd, Thekedath has been actively promoting the importance of women leadership. This was the sixth edition of global walks in Guwahati.
Altogether 14 mentors representing different fields like industry, academics, journalism and entrepreneurship, mentored 50 girl students pursuing general nursing and midwifery (GNM) course at the Assam Down Town University.
The global walks, through a common platform in an informal setup, enable established women leaders and aspiring women leaders to open up to each other and share their experiences, challenges and rewards and their approach towards life. The walks also encourage the mentors to share some of the best practices to help the leaders/aspiring leaders in their respective professions and throughout life.
Mentors for this year�s walk included Jahnabi Phookan, Prerana Barbarooah, Asha Kuthari Chaudhuri, Nellie Ahmed, Dr Maushumi Barooah, Anurita Pathak Hazarika, Mamata Mishra, Nikita Borooah, Mita Nath Bora, Leena Doley, Manobi Deka, Anita Rao, Kaberi Bhuyan and Fariza Hussain. Fariza Hussain also gave a talk on neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) a pseudoscientific approach to communication, personal development and psychotherapy.
Addressing the gathering as a keynote speaker, Rucha Pathak, creative head of Fox Star Studio, highlighted the importance of loving one�s profession in order to excel in that particular field and derive utmost happiness.
Sharing their experience, some mentees said that the event was a great experience for them, where they could share their aspirations and concerns and get the best advice from the mentors.
�Apart from getting valuable advice for our professional growth, we also got a number of helpful tips for our personal lives during the walk. The mentors also informed us about women�s rights, safety at workplace, personal care and mental health,� said Suman Kurmi, a GNM student and a mentee who participated in the event.