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Mint apologises for a ‘manel’ amid backlash after women speakers who were invited declined the invite

The apology came after many people took to Twitter to raise objection to not having a single woman speaker in the panelists on Banking conclave despite many women being in top managerial positions in leading banks across India.

Mint Editor-in-chief Sruthijit today took to Twitter to apologise for not having enough women panelists and speakers for the annual banking conclave organised by the publication.

In a tweet, he apologised for not working hard enough to bring in gender diversity amongst the panelists. He said that the publication had sent out an invite to several women speakers during the course of curation but they had declined. “We should have dug in our heels and worked harder to find other available women speakers,” the statement read.

He stated that Mint recognises how not having women on a panel would have caused hurt and apologised. He also clarified that the partners and sponsors at such events had no role in curation of speakers.

Often, panels which have only men as speakers are referred to as ‘manels’.

The apology came after many people took to Twitter to raise objection to not having a single woman speaker in the panelists on Banking conclave despite many women being in top managerial positions in leading banks across India.

Women also expressed disappointment at how despite having the union finance ministry being headed by a woman, Mint could not find a single woman as a speaker at the conclave.

On second day, however, Mint did seem to have women speakers on the panel.

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