Indian Hotels Company (IHCL) has announced south Asia’s first all-women-managed luxury residences, Taj Wellington Mews in Chennai. The property will open in April.

The company says that this initiative is in line with their ongoing efforts “in creating an equitable workplace and ecosystem while empowering women in the hospitality industry.”

Located in the Old Mahabalipuram-IT corridor of Chennai, Taj Wellington Mews will feature 112 spaciously and luxuriously appointed residences, led by a woman general manager and a team of over 100 women across all operations and other departments.

The property will also focus on generating employment locally.

Policies adopted by the brand include extended maternity leave, compulsory crèche facilities, expense reimbursement for family expansion including IVF treatments, and skilling women in the under-served communities and regions to improve their participation in the workforce.

Rakhee Lalvani, vice president – Public Relations and Corporate Communications, IHCL, said:

“Women at IHCL have played a very vital role in the organisation with their contribution and by pushing boundaries.

“The upcoming Taj Wellington Mews, Chennai managed by an all-women team is indeed a proud moment for all of us, and a testament to the Group’s commitment towards improving the gender balance in the organization with a vibrant workforce and by providing equal opportunities to women across roles and positions.”