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SHE STEM: Women Leading the Way

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UNI reports that the Embassy of Sweden in India recently hosted ‘SHE STEM: Women Leading the Way’ to honor women entrepreneurs and scientists of both countries.

The virtual event was organized in collaboration with the Atal Innovation Mission. The digital ceremony was watched by close to 5000 people comprising of students, teachers, and media representatives. Women and girls made up a large percentage of these viewers.

The primary goal of the event was to bring to the fore the success stories of women who are bringing progressive science and technology to global sustainability efforts. Ann Bernes, Swedish ambassador for gender equality and coordinator of Feminist Foreign Policy, said, “For a very long time, we have focused on promoting change in terms of gender equality, especially since 2014 when we founded the Feminist Foreign Policy. We are delighted to share that the government in Sweden is the first feminist government in the world. The factors for bringing in this change are to fight stereotyping, discrimination, and gender inequality, which still marks the lives of several million girls around the world. Sweden’s Feminist Foreign Policy seeks to be a transformative agenda that influences certain changes and structures. And enhance the visibility of women in different fields, especially STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).”

The address was followed by a talk by Dr Beatrice Crona, deputy science director, Stockholm Resilience Center, where she discussed the link between gender and climate change. She emphasized the importance of women’s representation in environmental science and climate change research.

Her talk was followed by a session with Dr Renu Swarup, secretary, Department of Biotechnology. Dr Swarup said, “The whole idea of having the “SHE STEM” summit is so interesting because the whole area of gender diversity holds a lot of importance in terms of sustainability, science and technology contributions. In such a sustainable future discussion and scenario, it’s very important to position gender diversity overall and bring it to center stage.”

The event concluded with a panel discussion amongst Indian and Swedish scientists and entrepreneurs sharing their opinions on gender equality and personal experiences. Helena Samsioe, chief executive officer and founder, Globhe, Linnea Kornehed, chief medical officer and founder, Einride, Dr Sunita Narain, director general, Center for Science and Environment, and Sanskriti Dawle, founder and chief executive officer, Bell Labs made up the panel at the event.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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