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Imposter syndrome is a reality for Indians

At least 6 out of 10 Indian employees are dealing with pandemic-induced imposter syndrome, according to a report by LinkedIn. The professional networking site has come up with a report that said about 63% of Indian employees suffer from the syndrome, which makes them feel they aren’t competent enough or do not match the perceptions […]

IIT-Delhi to set up an office for diversity and inclusion

The Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi (IIT-Delhi) will soon set up an office for diversity and inclusion with a dean at the helm. The premier institution will have its separate office to drive initiatives around gender, sexuality, caste, disability, mental health, etc. The notice relating to the office released by the director Professor V Ramgopal said […]

Why Sidney Poitier will be an important chapter for Hollywood

Legendary actor Sidney Poitier, who passed away last week at the age of 94, was not just a colossus in acting but also a groundbreaking artist who paved the way for Black actors –a significant chapter in Hollywood. Pertinent for a time when the industry is still finding ways to be more inclusive. In 1939, […]

Malavika Hegde’s turnaround of CCD an inspiration

More than two years ago, Malavika Hegde was a broken woman after the sudden demise of her husband VG Siddhartha, who founded Coffee Day Enterprises Ltd (CDEL). Cafe Coffee Day, or CCD as it’s popularly known, was his brainchild. Today, as the CEO, she is continuing his dream of running a successful coffee chain that […]

Companies launch returnship program for women

Three organizations have come together to tackle gender bias in advertising, specifically in the creatives department. Creative Equals, Diageo, and D&AD have recently launched a returnship program called Creative Comeback. As per reports, the organizations have launched the initiative ahead of International Women’s Day in March. The statement released by the organizations reveals that gaps […]

A mother for orphans: The legend of Sindhutai Sapkal will continue to inspire

2021 Padma Shri recipient and renowned social worker Sindhutai Sapkal, who passed away on January 4, will be remembered for her monumental work in social service. A mother who adopted thousands, she was an exemplar who showed that one needs steely grit and a large heart to improve the lives of others despite a tumultuous […]

ONGC gets first woman head

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) recently appointed Alka Mittal as its interim chairman and managing director. Alka is the first woman to head ONGC, a government-owned corporation. Having served at ONGC for over three decades now, Alka, a post-graduate in economics and a doctorate in commerce, replaces Subhash Kumar, who retired after superannuation last […]

BSF posts women to curb smuggling

In another display of women taking up challenging roles as guards, the Border Security Force (BSF) has posted women constables at the India-Bangladesh border to tackle smuggling across the border. As per news reports, about 36 female constables comprise the unit on the Haridaspur-Jayantipur Border Outpost along the India-Bangladesh border. While the BSF has been […]

TN Draft policy for Women released

The recently-released Draft Policy for Women by Tamil Nadu Government stresses education and employment opportunities alongside inclusion and financial empowerment. The salient features of the policy draft, which has sought feedback from stakeholders, include martial arts training for school and college girls, additional 50 person-days for households headed by single- and women households under MGNREGS. […]

What is in store for 2022: Unravelling DEI trends

2022 will be a year of more tangible diversity, equity, and inclusion intent and execution aided by technology and focused DEI councils.  Studying companies across sectors, the diversity, equity, and inclusion or DEI forecast by Avtar has an eclectic mix of aspects of DEI program. The trends indicate that the focus will be on driving a […]

CRPF to have women commandos in VIP security

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) will have women commandos offering Z-plus security to VIPs for the first time. The CRPF’s contingent of women commandos will be on duty for Union Home Minister Amit Shah, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife, and the Gandhi family comprising MPs Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, apart […]

KFC India creates ecosystem for women in operations

Fast-food chain KFC India has launched an area coaches program for women to create an ecosystem for women to head operations. In a tie-up with the Indian School of Hospitality, the program aims to facilitate the growth of women operation leaders. Taking a vow to double its women workforce across its restaurants under its DEI […]

Transpersons to be appointed by Karnataka Police

8 transpersons will be appointed as special reserve sub-inspectors and Scene Of Crime Officers (SOCO) in Karnataka. A few months after announcing the reservation of 1 % for transpersons in government services, Karnataka on Tuesday sought applications to fill 8 posts in an ongoing recruitment drive for special reserve subinspectors and Scene Of Crime Officers […]

Indian-born Leena Nair picked as Chanel’s CEO

Indian-born Leena Nair will take over as the global CEO of Chanel, the French luxury fashion house. Leena, who worked with Unilever as the top HR, joins the growing league of Indian-origin executives being chosen for top posts across industries. As per news reports, she is the second Indian-born woman after Indra Nooyi to be […]

Dr. Neena Gupta from ISI, Kolkata, wins Ramanujan Prize

Dr. Neena Gupta of the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolkata, recently secured the Ramanujan Prize for Young Mathematicians. She is the fourth Indian and the third woman to win the coveted prize. Dr. Gupta received the ‘2021 DST-ICTP-IMU Ramanujan Prize for Young Mathematicians from developing countries’ for her work in algebraic geometry and commutative algebra, […]

Pandemic has narrowed gender chore gap, finds Avtar study

The pandemic has not just transformed the workplace. When Covid-19 made companies across look at moving workspaces into homes by accelerating the acceptance for work-from-home, they probably didn’t realize that they would end up transforming households as well by narrowing the gender chore gap.   Avtar’s Viewport 2021 study titled ‘Chore Division & Dynamics at […]

McDonald’s to rope in more underrepresented communities through franchisee recruitment initiative

McDonald’s recently has announced efforts to rope in more underrepresented communities globally through its franchise-recruitment initiative. McDonald’s Corporation reiterated its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion or DEI to increase the number of franchisees from all backgrounds. “During a period of record performance, we must challenge ourselves – even more – to invest in the […]

IIM-Sambalpur conducts women leadership program

The Indian Institute of Management (IIM)–Sambalpur, Odisha recently conducted a ‘Management Development Program on Women Leadership’ for women officers. The two-day workshop for the officers from Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd. aimed to guide them in sustaining their careers in a dynamic environment. The modules covered include work-life integration, emotional intelligence, empathetic communication, and stress management, as […]

Piaggio to have all-women workforce in Baramati shopfloor

Following in the footsteps of Ola FutureFactory, Piaggio Vehicles Private Ltd, a subsidiary of the Italian Piaggio Group, has announced its all-women workforce in Baramati for its assembly line making of the Apé Electrik range of products. Taking a significant step towards having more women on the shopfloor, Piaggio will have women looking into quality […]

More women than men in India: NFHS-5

For the first time, India has recorded more women than men. According to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS)- 5, there are 1020 women for every 1000 men. The findings mean that India is no longer the country of missing women, a term used by Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen in the 90s. Then there were […]

5 lessons from Falguni Nayar and Nykaa’s success story

On November 10, beauty and fashion e-commerce platform Nykaa made waves with its public listing, as the shares rose 96% on its first day of trading. The blockbuster opening is the story of a successful start-up and an inspirational woman. Nykaa’s CEO and MD Falguni Nayar is now the wealthiest self-made woman billionaire in India, […]

No country in the world has wives earning as much as husbands: Study

Even countries where gender parity is a norm don’t have wives earning as much as their husbands, according to a study by the Centre for Public Policy, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. The data was collated by a non-profit organization, the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS). The report studied data between 1973 and 2016 across 2.85 […]

Woman army chief is now a possibility

With women candidates set to take the National Defence Academy exams in November, the army has taken its first step towards gender equality, according to Indian Army Chief General MM Narvane. He added that India getting a woman army chief was now a possibility. “As we open the portals of the NDA for women cadets, […]

Eateries show disability is no bar

The restaurant industry is turning out to be a model industry for inclusion, with more eateries engaging people with hearing and speech disabilities. With a boost in opportunities for people with disabilities, the food industry has shown that intentionality and innovation are the only requisites for creating opportunities. The restaurant industry has been at the […]

India Inc. has more women in leadership roles, accelerates DEI efforts: 2021 BCWI report

Women in leadership and diversity rigor see an upward trend, as per the 2021 BCWI-MICI report by Avtar. Avtar in association with Working Mother (now Seramount) recently announced the results of the 2021 edition of the Best Companies for Women in India (BCWI) and the Most Inclusive Companies Index (MICI).   The study, which has over […]

Financial services sector needs policies for menopause to retain women, finds UK study

A report by Standard Chartered Bank and the Financial Services Skills Commission (FSSC) has found out that the financial services sector needs policies to address menopause in women to retain them in the workforce. Menopause, which marks the end of the menstrual cycle, comes with varying physical and psychological impact on women undergoing it. The […]

WFH has helped diversify workforce

Even as offices look to resume operations in the physical workplace, sectors might want to continue work from home (WFH) culture. WFH has been able to facilitate women’s workforce participation, including people with disabilities, and ensure equitable distribution, especially in the IT industry, according to the CEO of IT Parks in Kerala, John M Thomas. […]

More women in managerial positions in the Northeast, finds study

The Northeastern states in India have more women occupying managerial positions, finds the latest report on Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) released recently. States like Meghalaya (34.1%), Sikkim (33.5%), and Mizoram (33.3%) are leading the list, followed by Andhra and Punjab at 32.3% and 32.1%, respectively. The trend also shows that rural parts of the […]

More women left US workforce, finds study

A study in the US has shown that more women left their jobs in September 2021. It is yet another example of how women are the first to be affected during a crisis The establishment survey of businesses run by the Bureau of Labor Statistics has found that that there was a rise of 194,000 […]

Making ‘space’ for women

The World Space Week 2021 held between October 4 and October 10 is celebrating women in space technology. IIT-Roorkee in collaboration with ISRO has a host of topics presented in virtual sessions by women scientists on ‘Women in Space’. The sessions include strategic insights on space technology, aerospace systems, and the working of the Indian […]

E-commerce turns to underrepresented cohorts for managing sale rush

The hiring spree to manage the festive season and sales rush on e-commerce sites is turning out to be a season of opportunities for underrepresented cohorts. Recently Amazon India launched its second sort center in Chennai managed entirely by underrepresented cohorts. The team comprises women, transgender individuals, persons with disabilities, and military veterans. The initiative […]

Manufacturing sector poised to boost women workforce

The manufacturing sector in India is set to see more women in the workforce, with more companies coming up with programs to boost their participation. Earlier in September 2021, Ola FutureFactory made it to the news for inducting an all-women team to work in its factory in Hosur, Tamil Nadu. In August, Tata Steel’s West […]

Fewer women in key positions in India: Study

India is lagging behind many in the world, when it comes to women in key positions across companies, according to a new report. As per the report released by  Swiss brokerage Credit Suisse recently, at 17.3 percent, India Inc has very few women on company boards. The report covered  33,000 executives from over 3,000 companies […]

Gender-neutral leave policy: Paradigm shift

E-commerce platform Meesho recently announced a gender-neutral leave policy for new parents. The 30-week leave policy is applicable for men, women, heterogeneous, and same-sex couples, irrespective of natural childbirth, surrogacy, and adoption. Live-in couples too can avail of the leaves, under the new policy. As per Indian laws, in establishments with more than 10 workers, […]

Do period leaves boost workforce participation?

A Jaipur-based apparel company recently announced period leaves for its women employees, bringing the discussion back to the point if such leaves support women’s participation in the workforce or pose impediments. Jaipurkurti.com, the e-commerce and retail brand, has said granting the leave– one per month over and above regular holidays and leaves– has a few […]

PwC vows to improve gender diversity

PwC India has announced that it plans to increase its gender diversity to at least 40 percent in the coming years, as per news reports. As part of its latest strategy ‘New Equation’, the company plans to increase its campus recruitment drives by five times and increase the representation of women in the company’s workforce. […]

Ola’s all-women factory: a huge step in the right direction

Ola Futurefactory, which will have 100 percent women operating the facility, is the latest to join the group of companies in India, leading path-breaking initiatives to boost women workforce participation. Ola’s initiative has many firsts to its credit. Located in Hosur, Tamil Nadu, Ola Futurefactory, the e-two wheeler plant, which had its first batch of […]

More women STEM graduates, but very few in jobs

India may have a higher number of women STEM graduates at the tertiary level, ahead of developed countries like the US, the UK, Germany, and France. However, when you look at the number of women working in the field, it lags at 19th rank. Some of the reasons for fewer women entering the field are […]

A skilling program for creating a diverse future

TechSaksham, a joint initiative by Microsoft and SAP, aims to train 62,000 women in artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, digital marketing, and web design. As per news reports, the program will focus on women from underserved sections. The program will partner with the AICTE Training and Learning Academy and State Collegiate Education departments to train […]

Taking ‘stock’ of DEI

Diversity, equity, and inclusion in companies are receiving a fillip with unique moves. While American stock exchange Nasdaq’s new rules have sought listed companies to divulge the diversity composition of their boards, Satrix Inclusion and Diversity ETF in South Africa has offered investors exposure to the 30 JSE-listed companies that demonstrate values of inclusion and […]

4/33: A small step for women in the judiciary, a giant leap for womankind

In a boost to gender diversity in the judiciary, the Supreme Court now has four women judges. Reported to be the highest in history, the newly appointed judges—Justice Hima Kohli, Justice Bela M Trivedi, and Justice BV Nagarathna- took oath in a ceremony on August 31, joining Justice Indira Banerjee, appointed in 2018. From 2018 […]

Language Matters

Language can be a changemaker when leveraged in the right way. Language has the power to shape culture. The language we use is a powerful tool that can either include or exclude and embrace or disgrace. So it is of utmost importance to be mindful of the power of language. Download now to get your free copy of the Language Matters Ebook- A guide to inclusive bias-free language by Dr. Nandini Murali, Principal Strategist, Intersectional Diversity and Mental Health, Avtar.

Gender Parity in the Aftermath of Covid

The state-of-the-art innovation, the COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Women has gained traction in terms of reach and actions.

Diversity at the entry-level more impactful

Studies have also shown that devising a DEI strategy for early talent-hiring could be the fastest way to ring in the transformation.

2021: What’s in the Limelight?

Every beginning is a new opportunity that unfolds. An eventful year has passed, which taught us the importance of all things fortunate in our lives. And now, as the winter recedes, it’s time we rejoice our resilience and perseverance, as a result of which success made its way. Yes, it was challenging. But a big […]