The Glass Ceiling between Maternity and Paternity Leave

“Diversity and Inclusion” are the two most talked about words in today’s world and more so in the corporate world with respect to women. A genuine effort is being made by organizations to encourage women in leadership roles by having specialised programmes to achieve the…

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Inclusion: Not just about getting diversity on the table, but about accepting diverse leadership styles

As they say , ‘If women ran the world there would be no wars’. Just imagine the power that women can yield in a corporate setting, where there are multiple challenges to deal with and solutions are needed quickly. There are innumerable studies which have…

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Can I make it in the world being who I am?

“If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be?” “Be a man!” The question was asked by my friend to his mother, a well-accomplished leader who retired as a Business Head in her organization. A superwoman, in my eyes, from every…

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Expert Speak: What To Keep In Mind While Implementing An Internal Committee

The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 mandates organizations with more than ten employees to establish an Internal Committee (“IC”). The IC is responsible for grievance redressal at each branch or unit. The Internal Committee also has the powers…

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Rights for Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 (RPWD16): What it means for private sector organizations

The Disability Rights movement took place quite late in India – in 1995 to be specific, when the PwD Act (1995) came in to existence. Though India was one of the early signatories to the UN Convention of Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in…

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States Notify Crèche Rules: How Can Companies Be Compliant?

In light of recent notifications on crèche rules from states like Maharashtra, Karnataka, Haryana and Kerala, which covers a large share of corporate India and public interest litigations (PILs) being filed by employees, companies are taking cognizance of the crèche provision under the Maternity Benefit…

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Is it only #MeToo? Or does it happen to #YouToo?

Parity’s sensitization program is a key element of our support to organizations that attempt to understand, and grapple with #everydaysexism at the workplace. In these sessions, I often ask a question to the women in the room “How many of you have been sexually harassed…

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The Amended Maternity Bill: Is The Friend In Need A Friend Indeed?

Your ten-month-old baby is taking its first baby steps. Crawling, trying to stand, falling, and finally standing without support. Your husband and you are ecstatic… or probably at work. With the Maternity Benefit Bill, we see the government taking these same small baby steps: to…

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Portrait of the Male Feminist

The Gender Inclusion journey is one sided; there are just not enough men involved.  Go to any conference or event on Gender Inclusion and it is alarming to see the abysmal numbers of men. Most organizations have embraced the agenda, but I see very few…

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