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Founder Director,Parity Consulting & Training | Consultant Trainer | Executive Coach | Diversity & Inclusion Specialist | Speaker

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A monthly spotlight on an organization, service, or individual that enables women to sustain in the workforce.

DURGA is a citizen’s initiative to help Indian women and girls handle simple everyday situations of harassment and re-claim our personal and public spaces. The essence of DURGA is to give the woman the knack to understand behavior, distinguish acceptable behavior and respond to such behavior that she finds inappropriate and unacceptable. Thereby feeling more empowered and safe.
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The Individual Inclusion Journey

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In their quest to create inclusive workplaces, organizations in India are setting in place many policies, practices and processes; the focus primarily is on addressing the differential needs of diverse groups (gender, generation, differently abled, etc) besides unconscious bias training for employees….

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Portrait of a Powerful Woman

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In my previous blog I talked about the Male Feminist who is necessary to carry the gender agenda forward. Let me turn the tables and talk about some of the powerful women I have met and what they are and say….

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Portrait of the Male Feminist

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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.

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The Spectre of Sexual Harassment

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In the flurry of activity around implementing the mandates laid down by the Sexual Harassment Bill 2013, I hear some disquieting voices, which could be working against the very intent of the bill.

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Too Tall For A Groom


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In the groups that I run for building career skills in women, one of the sessions, focuses on mental models that limit the retention and growth of female talent in the workplaces. Some of these mental models are individually held by women, that they are able to work through & challenge.

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The Speed Bump in the Middle of the Road


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As we walk hand in hand with organizations to increase gender diversity and create inclusive workplaces, we find that one of the primary reasons organizational efforts are scuppered, is lack of middle management buy in and commitment.

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Woman… Don’t Become a Man.


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At a recent panel discussion on women leadership, one of the panelists remarked: “One message I would like to give to women leaders is, don’t become like a man. I find women who grow to the top layers of the organization become more male than the men themselves”.

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Behind Every Woman….


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The key challenge to retaining and developing the female talent pipeline for organizations or engaging women in the global economic activity, has been of women dropping off or slow pedaling their careers. Many times it is attributed to women not being aspirational or ambitious enough.

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