India Diversity Forum(IDF) has chosen Charu Mehrotra, founder Womenlines as Diversity & Inclusion Ambassador of the month and have applauded her motive and purpose in the field of Women empowerment and inclusion.
India Diversity Forum is an independent industry body (a Section 8 company) formed to create awareness and bring all issues about diversity, and hence inclusion, in Indian companies in all areas around us in general, and at the workplaces in particular, on one platform. It will also bring single-minded focus to the discussion around diversity and inclusion in India at the company, government and national levels. India Diversity Forum is a company-agnostic and industry-agnostic forum that strives to make a difference in workplaces across the nation by imbibing the best practices in diversity and sharing them. India Diversity Forum aims to increase employee engagement and confidence, help reduce conflict at workplaces and make the workplaces more humane and happy places.
At a time when the world has become a global village and distances do not play that big a role in the hiring of valuable resources various barriers, earlier considered to be strong determining factors in the selection of candidates, have begun blurring at workplaces. Gender, region, language, religion, caste, class, occupation, background, disability, race and sexual orientation are not expected to be challenging factors anymore for anyone applying for jobs. Employers appreciating differences in individuals (along with equal opportunity employers) are etching strong signatures in the employment ecosystem and making the world a better place to work in. They are the reason multiplicity finds footprints on the canvas of employability like never before. However, there is still a long way to go. The situation is not as ideal as the world would like it to be. Employers implementing the principles of diversity in recruitment are few as of now.
Goals of India Diversity Forum
EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN
Organisations must create an environment where women can access equal opportunities for growth in senior positions; More women must be encouraged to take up senior positions.
India Inc needs to embrace gender diversity and must employ more women at workplaces; it must make its recruitment processes more inclusive.
HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF EMPLOYEES
Organisations must establish a zero-tolerance policy towards all forms of violence at work, including verbal and/or physical abuse, and prevent sexual harassment. They must strive to offer flexible work options, leave and re-entry opportunities to positions of equal pay and status and also make workplaces friendly to work for people with physical disabilities.
Organisations must decide to pay according to proficiency and not gender. They must pay equal remuneration, including benefits, for work of equal value and strive to pay a living wage to all women and men.
Organisations must provide training to their teams to sensitise them towards genders, the LGBTQ+ community and professionals with disabilities. There must be special training programmes for men and women in leadership positions.
To eliminate discrimination at workplaces on account of gender, region, language, religion, caste, class, occupation, background, disabilities, race, age and sexual orientation by facilitating and guiding organizations to build an environment of equality and diversity.
India Diversity Forum is being led by some of the most reputed names of India Inc. They have come together as Advisors and use their expertise and rich experience in the fields of diversity and inclusion to provide strategic direction towards the working of IDF. They are mentors to the industrial council chairs and through them, they will help sensitize the corporate world towards diversity.
Womenlines team wishes success to the IDF team in fulfilling its vision of creating a world free of discrimination at the workplace and India to be a beacon of diversity and inclusion for the rest of the world. Please visit the website to know more about India Diversity Forum.
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