‘Women are breaking barriers and shattering glass ceilings’Shreyana Shrestha, mega campaign manager, and Kemika Acharya, head of key accounts, at Daraz Nepal on how Nepali society perceives female entrepreneurs.
Shreyana Shrestha is a mega campaign manager and Kemika Acharya is the head of key accounts at Daraz Nepal, an online shopping platform. In this interview, Shrestha and Acharya talk about how Nepali society has emerged and how it perceives female entrepreneurs. Excerpts:
What does Aaja ko Nari mean to you?
Shrestha: Aaja ko Nari [today’s women] means women who are taking strides in all areas of society, breaking barriers, and challenging traditional gender roles and stereotypes. Today’s women are increasingly taking on leadership roles and demanding equal pay and opportunities in the workplace. They also advocate for their rights and speak out against gender-based violence and discrimination.
Acharya: For me, Aaja ko Nari means a woman who is empowered, confident, and knows her worth. A woman who is unapologetic about her dreams and aspirations and is determined to achieve them despite any challenges that come her way. I am proud of the progress I have made in my career, and I am constantly striving to do more.
How would you describe your experience at Daraz?
Shrestha: Daraz has been a crucial part of my personal and professional development. The company prides itself in promoting women in leadership positions. This has created an outlet for increased diversity of thought, which leads to better decision-making and innovation within the organisation. Daraz creates a culture of inclusion and values diversity and encourages open communication while creating an environment where women feel supported and empowered.
Acharya: My experience at Daraz has been very positive, and I have not faced any barriers to my success or growth as a female leader. The culture at Daraz is inclusive and promotes equality, and I have always felt supported and valued as a team member.
Do you think there has been a change in how our society perceives female entrepreneurs and women leaders?
Shrestha: We have come a long way in women's rights and their equality in society. We have seen a significant change in recent years, although much work is yet to be done to achieve true equality in entrepreneurship. In recent years, there has been a growing recognition and contributions from female entrepreneurs, and several efforts have also been made to close the gender gap in entrepreneurship.
Acharya: I believe there has been a change in how our society perceives female entrepreneurs and women leaders. Women are breaking barriers and shattering glass ceilings in different industries, which is inspiring and encouraging. However, there is still a long way to go in achieving true gender equality, and we must continue to work toward this goal.
What’s your advice to aspiring female executives?
Shrestha: A great piece of advice that was given to me by my mentor, which I would also like to pass on to aspiring female executives, is never to doubt yourself and your abilities. Women face a lot of scrutiny and, as a result, face self-doubt in a domineering male society, which might hold them back from reaching their full potential. You can overcome any obstacles by believing in yourself and your strengths.
Acharya: My advice to aspiring female executives would be to believe in themselves and their abilities. Women have the skills, knowledge, and talent to succeed in any field, and it is essential to trust oneself keeping out any doubts or limitations.