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Aspiring for diversity crucial for campuses

College campuses have to be diverse to offer a rich mix of experiences and perspectives for students to learn and thrive sans discrimination and bias. Similarities bring people together, but differences give them lessons and newer perspectives. And, this mix is of particular importance when ideas and thoughts shape in the institutes of higher education, […]

Caregiving and career: Five skills they bring together

Caregiving is a personal commitment and is widely prevalent across social structures. In India, it is essentially a woman who is a caregiver as they cater to the needs of different age groups. Studies show that they outnumber men, but the pandemic has made at least 39% step into the role for the first time, […]

Uniform minimum age for marriage: A significant step towards gender equality

The Indian government’s move to fix 21 years as the uniform minimum age for men and women to get married might be the much-needed impetus to boost the opportunities for higher education and financial independence through workforce participation for women. The reasoning is that raising the marriage age for women will offer a level-playing field […]

Why climate change is bad news for women and children

Climate change refers to an undeniable shift in weather and temperatures that affect humanity. The effect of climate change is becoming intolerable and rapid measures are being taken. It has impacted women and children by deepening inequalities. Women and youngsters are particularly susceptible to global climate change due to social, economic, and cultural factors. Recent […]

Ending gender-based violence is everyone’s business

Gender-based violence has multiple bearings – physical, psychological, and emotional. The impact also ranges from loss in productivity to the economic costs attached to it. So, it is everyone’s business to come up with measures to end gender-based violence. Gender-based violence is defined by the United Nations as ‘results in or is likely to result […]

Why self-care is good for you and your career

There are a lot of factors that contribute to success in a career— hard work, perseverance, and focus, to name a few. However, one underrated ingredient is self-care. Self-care involves taking care of yourself and your needs, doing things that make you happy and content. Across genders, the drive to succeed comes with several challenges— […]

The change makers: How businesses can pivot inclusion in society

While inclusion has become part of the troika of DEI comprising diversity, and equity at the workplace, businesses can also make societies inclusive. Inclusion or social integration is when everyone, irrespective of gender, race, and income group, has access to education, employment, resources, and basic infrastructure. Everyone has a role to play in making societies […]

Five DEI lessons schools can teach

Schools play a significant role in imparting lessons on diversity, equity, and inclusion that students can carry to the workplace in the future. As you sow, so shall you reap, goes an oft-repeated adage. It is important to catch them young because lessons learned in the formative days are seldom forgotten. Schools are a society […]

One size doesn’t fit all: Diversity plays a major role in the fashion industry

Covering a large and diverse customer base, the fashion industry plays an important role in making societies inclusive. Spanning gender, age, ethnicity, etc., the industry has the potential to create a better society. There are several proverbs from across cultures that acknowledge clothes as an integral part of personality. The need to be diverse Being […]

We accept in others what we accept in ourselves

Self-acceptance is the art of embracing our capabilities and limitations without criticism. Self-acceptance plays a role in diversity, equity and inclusion because we accept in others what we accept in ourselves. Self-acceptance requires work, courage, self-esteem, and a growth mindset. We thrive through connections and relationships with those closest to us to help define us […]

Coach them young: Girls turn career intentional

On International Day of The Girl Child marked on October 11, Diversity Digest brings glimpses of a unique program, Project Puthri, which works with girls from underserved sections to help them turn career intentional. Set to finish her schooling in a year, Deepikashree had little thoughts about her future. However, enrolling in Puthri sessions has […]

Inclusion begins at home

Inclusion begins with embracing all people irrespective of their race, gender, sex, medical needs, and neurological differences. Inclusion elevates people’s level of supportive energy and commitment to do their best at work. Inclusion has visible effects, such as participation in meetings, taking initiatives, and working beyond office hours if necessary. While Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion […]

Are Indian Women less ambitious than their Western counterparts?

Ambition is a strong desire to do or achieve something in life— be it goals, and targets— along with a sense of direction and motivation to work towards them. Ambition is important to achieving success, for it overrides excuses and the available resources. So, can the miniscule percentage of women in workforce in India be […]

From social context to business case– the evolution of DEI

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) have become a mantra in the workplace for the last couple of decades. The concept, which has a long-standing legacy, is deeply rooted in a civilization like India. We trace the journey of DEI in the West and India. The modern history of DEI The earliest DEI initiative in the […]

E-com route for increasing women workforce

E-commerce is fast evolving to be the catalyst in increasing women’s workforce participation, offering both employment and entrepreneurial opportunities. In recent times, e-commerce has shown its potential to enable entrepreneurs who look for avenues to make it into the market. While women entrepreneurs account for just about 13 percent of the businesses, the potential is […]

Why the little progress for women in Afghanistan stands risk of being lost

Since mid-August, social media and news outlets have been abuzz about the power transfer in Afghanistan. A new establishment has been set up with the Taliban at its helm as the US troops began withdrawing, following a two-decade jaunt. While a lot has been written about the impact–mostly on geopolitics– a sad story has unfolded […]

Nine films to watch this Pride month

While books engage and entertain, movies help us see the world from new perspectives of people and make us experience different emotions. One of the most engaging mediums to strike a deep connection, movies elicit strong emotional responses that enable people to empathize with the LGBTQ culture. Here is a curated list of documentaries and […]

Changing Paradigms and Business Landscape-5 lessons on Inclusion from Women Entrepreneurs in India

Realizing aspirations is one journey. Indeed, a long one. In India, the aspect of women in the workforce has always been a concern. Even in this 74th year of independence, it is unfortunate that in one of the largest economies in the world, an unstructured process prevails towards the emancipation of women. What young women […]

A rainbow of ideas and reflections

About the author: Parmesh Shahani is a passionate advocate for LGBTQ inclusion and the co-founder of Godrej India’s Culture Lab that ignites conversations about contemporary India. His first book ‘Gay Bombay: Globalization, Love and (Be)Longing in Contemporary India (Sage Publications)’ was released in 2008, and its updated version was re-published in 2020. In September 2018, […]

Imposter Syndrome – Myth or Reality?

Women are said to be the vulnerable class diagnosed with the syndrome, along with other minority groups.