Hyderabad, September 2022: The 4th edition of the coveted “Real Woman Awards”, A celebration of women in the construction industry breaking the glass ceiling in one of the last male strongholds was held at the Radisson Blu today. The Real Woman Awards recognized and congratulated female entrepreneurs in the construction industry, a field few women venture into, for their outstanding contribution in a sparkling ceremony. The previous three editions held in Mumbai, Pune and Ahmedabad have seen women of excellence in the construction industry rewarded.
The grand evening gala show with lots of glitz and glamor was hosted by Bollywood and TV actor Aman Verma. Guests of honor Dinesh Aggarwal, JT. Managing Director, Panasonic India; Actor Sai Ketan Rao from Pellikuturu Party and Star Plus Mehndi Hai TV Series Rachelne Waali; renowned architect, interior designer and urban planner and chairman, ARK Reza Kabul Architects, Ar. Reza Kabul; Aditya Gowra, Founder and Director, Gowra Ventures Pvt. ltd. ; Ar.Aparna Bidarkar, Principal Architect, Hue Designs and Principal Partner Architecture & Design Office; Dr Sugandha Singh, professor and dean, R&D, and FD, HITAM; Ravi Kiran, Founder, Form Studio and Nihar Chheda, Vice President of Strategy, Prince Pipes; honored the occasion.
Panasonic has been a strong supporter and title sponsor of this initiative throughout its journey. The event was also supported by industry giants such as Prince Pipes Ltd, Lutron, Ravel Electronics, Kitech, etc.
The award winners in the different categories were Ratna Kalluri, Sustainable Spaces; Mavita SinghalArchitect – Residential projects; Sangittha Segu, Farmhouses – Developer; Sucharita Vasista, Water systems; Rachitha Modupalli, Interior design – Home interior; Rukmini Vedantam, structural audit; Vasundara Parthasarathy, HVAC and R solutions; Dr. Sridevi Rao, Landscape architect; Dr. Saadeepani Vajje, Green building consultant; Vijayadurga Koppisetti, BIM services and simulation; Sivaranjani B, digital solutions; Rishika R, Landscaper; Meera Matampally, Heritage architecture; Mena Shah, Interior products; Meena Murugappan, ecohabitats; Leena Chowdary, Architect – Commercial projects; Lalithavani R, EPC projects; Keerthi Masna, engineering training; Juhi Jaiswal, Design and construction projects; Divya Gulechha, Interior Designer – International Projects; Avantika Agarwal, Interior designer – Design of offices and Ashmi Shah, IInterior designer – Residential bungalow.
Women in the construction industry are a rare breed, and very few prefer to venture into this field. But those who made an inroad, this tiny section of women, did so with enormous courage and determination. They have embraced the working atmosphere, which is not often favorable to women, but their determination to overcome adverse and hostile circumstances, stay ahead and excel makes them superwomen and they deserve to be recognized, says Sheetal Bhilkarco-founder of The Real Woman Community and director, Urja Building Services Pvt., Ltd. It actually took years and countless rejections for me to be accepted as a woman on the site and I’m sure a lot of women here would have gone through similar situations. Sharing some statistics from India’s second largest industry, the construction industry which is of great concern, the current workforce in the industry is 53.7 million, of which 5.15 million is nearly 9.6% of women and 97% of them are occasional workers. , that is, only 1% to 2% hold managerial positions and only 1.4% in technical positions. That’s when I decided to put the existing women in the industry in the spotlight and that way I can motivate and inspire more young women to enter the industry. This thought process led me to institute the Real Women Awards with Vijay Dalwani, Director, Harmony Events and Talent. In addition to the Awards, we have created a community of women entrepreneurs, which meets monthly, where we network, share knowledge and support each other, and with today’s winners, we are a hundred members in the group . We will take this award nationally and build a community of women entrepreneurs in the construction industry.
Ar. Reza Kabul, who has been part of the awards since its inception said: I was excited about this initiative as an award recognizing women in the construction industry is commendable as this is a men’s industry, appreciating women of the industry will encourage and inspire more to join this. My opinion of the women in the industry is that they are smart and more dedicated than the men in the industry, they go the extra mile.
Ar.Aparna Bidarkar said it was a great and worthy initiative for women in the construction industry. May this tribe of women grow, because they do whatever it takes at home and continue it in their trades, doubling everything, which is huge.
Dinesh Aggarwal says that we have been part of this award since the first edition. The reason for this support is that these awards are unique, recognizing women in the construction industry. We are happy that it grows from year to year and we are delighted. To share some statistics, 47% of the workforce in the United States are women, but only 8% are in the construction industry. Women bring a new perspective to the construction industry, they excel in project management as they can multi-task. In the top 100 construction companies today, 44% of women hold management positions, but only 3% are involved in actual construction jobs. The challenges are still gender bias, although this is changing with many women taking civil engineering courses, compared to none in the past. Technology has brought change with many things that could be done off-site today, allowing for the flexibility needed for women to operate. Panasonic has always strived to build the cities of tomorrow, enrich people’s lives and advance society. Panasonic is a $57 billion group with multiple companies.
Aditya Gowra says that women are known for their consistency and the quality of women can make a huge difference in any industry and especially in the construction industry. We can help winners here on behalf of CREDAI, by connecting them with developers.
Mukesh Jaitley said the focus in selecting these winners was on the amount of pain and effort a woman has gone to to be where she is today and that this will inspire other women to excel.
Aman Verma said, the women honored here are exceptional for the type of work they have done, each of them a trailblazer in the truest sense and an inspiration to generations to come.
Sai Ketan Rao said that I felt honored to be part of this event which pays tribute to these valiant women who have made enormous contributions to society. Despite the challenges these women face at home and in the profession, they could excel in their chosen field. My latest film Pellikuturu Party had an overwhelming response and great reviews. I have a few Bollywood and Tollywood projects lined up, sorting out dates, and will start filming shortly.
The twenty-two winners were selected from the huge response received. An experienced jury composed Lakshmi Govekarpartner and lead architect, Skyline Architects, Mumbai, and Mukesh Jaitley, COO, Kolte Patil Developers Ltd., selected these winners after careful consideration of each nominee for the various categories, the most eligible of them won the prizes today.
This initiative is conceptualized and executed by Vijay Dalwani, co-founder of The Real Woman Community.
For more information, please visit www.realwoman.in