5 Sep 2019
Launch of Creating Inclusive Workplaces for LGBT+ Employees in India – The Definitive Guide
Celebrate the 1 year anniversary of India’s historic 6 September Ruling by attending the launch of India’s most comprehensive and up-to-date resource on LGBT+ inclusion in the workplace.
We are delighted to celebrate the first anniversary of the historic 6 September 2018 ruling, that once again has deemed Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code unlawful, with the launch of our brand new resource guide for employers: Creating Inclusive Workplaces for LGBT+ Employees in India – The Definitive Guide.
Our first LGBT+ Resource Guide for Employers in India was published back in 2012 – the result of a rigorous process to engage with local stakeholders, understand the local market dynamics and develop a set of recommendations appropriate for the local Indian context.
Much has changed in the last 7 years. This fully revised edition charts the winding road of legislative developments reflects on changes in the social and cultural context - and most importantly, provides an even more robust set of recommendations for companies to follow, illustrated with fresh examples of best practice.
At this launch event, kindly hosted by our sponsor Goldman Sachs, we’ll be:
- Sharing highlights from the research
- Inviting our Panel of Experts to discuss Overturning of Section 377 in India: Reflections One Year On
- Showcasing examples of best practice
If your company is committed to creating inclusive workplaces for LGBT+ employees, we encourage you to join us.
Navtej JoharmoreDancer, Choreographer, Scholar, Yoga- Exponent, and an Urban Activist.Keynote Speaker
Keshav SurimoreExecutive Director, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group; Founder, Keshav Suri FoundationKeynote Speaker
Aritra Kanjilal:moreProduct Manager, Innovation Measurement working with NielsenPanelist
Chandra DuraiswamymoreDirector of Marketing Communications, CapgeminiPanelist
Praful BawejamoreMarketing Innovator; Technologist; Diversity & Inclusion Evangelist; Event Conceptualiser & AcademicPanelist
Dancer, Choreographer, Scholar, Yoga- Exponent, and an Urban Activist.
In June 2016, Navtej and his partner of 20 years, Sunil Mehra filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court of India challenging Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. This resulted in the 2018 landmark judgment in Navtej Singh Johar and others v. Union of India in which the Supreme Court unanimously declared the law unconstitutional "in so far as it criminalises consensual sexual conduct between adults of the same sex."
In India, Navtej has collaborated with The Chandralekha Group, Leela Samson's Group: Spanda, The KHOJ Workshop, The Gati Dance Forum, he has collaborated with Shubha Mudgal, Justin McCarthy, Sheeba Chachi, Ravinder Reddy, and received several commissions: The Gandhi Memorial Museum, the Commonwealth Games, the Govt of Kerala, Lalit Kala Akademi, the India Foundation for the Arts, being some of them.
A long-time student and practitioner of yoga, Navtej has trained in yoga at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Chennai, under the guidance of Sri. T.K.V Desikachar. A yoga teacher since 1985, his approach is fluid and adaptable as he freely merges asana, pranayama, visualisation, meditation, and Vedic chanting. Committed to rigorous research and cross-disciplinary inquiry, he has devised two new methods of embodied practice: Abhyas Somatics and the BARPS method of asana.
Navtej is a recipient of the Times of India Fellowship 1995, Charles Wallace Fellowship 1997, and has been a research fellow at the ‘Interweaving Performance Cultures’, International Research Centre, Freie University, Berlin, from 2013-17; he teaches in the “Performance Arts Programs” at Ashoka University; and is founder-director of Studio Abhyas, at New Delhi.
He has also acted in a couple of films; Earth -1947 by Deepa Mehta, and the award-winning, Khamosh Pani (Silent Waters) by Sabiha Sumar.
Executive Director, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group; Founder, Keshav Suri Foundation
An alumnus of St. Columbus School, New Delhi, Keshav Suri graduated in Law and Business from the University of Warwick. He obtained a Master’s Degree in International Management from Kings College, London followed by an LLM Degree from School of African & Oriental Studies (SAOS), London.
‘Uniqueness’ is a concept is in sync to this man. His out-of-the-box thinking emerges on multiple platforms at the hotel. The internal policies of inclusiveness and equality for the differently-abled and the LGBTQIA community are noteworthy for a progressive India. The Group proudly supports the policy by creating awareness within the organisation and providing job opportunities for all. Kitty Su has hired a wheelchair bound DJ (India’s first) as its resident kitten. He is also working with NGOs like MakeLoveNotScars to help acid victims in their surgeries and offering them jobs, and tied-up with Robinhood Army to minimize food wastage and work towards eradicating hunger from our society. As an influencer, Keshav also initiates events on the guest front of hospitality, to encourage inclusiveness in a social space. He believes in responsible entrepreneurship and promotes the essence of Made in India across the Group – advocating the use of Indian products. Addressing the health concerns of the society, he has taken initiatives of ‘we serve what we grow’ at The Lalit.
Having worked with several marginalised communities, he launched the #PureLove Campaign and he has rehabilitated about a 100 queer people – counselling them, skilling them, providing jobs and enabling them to live their lives with dignity. He is also one of the petitioners, who filed a writ to revoke Article 377 in the Supreme Court of India.
Having taken upon the cause to build an inclusive nation, he launched his own – Keshav Suri Foundation – on October 13, 2017. The mission of this foundation is to embrace, empower and mainstream the LGBTQ Community. The Foundation is the official affiliate for It Gets Better Project in India.
Product Manager, Innovation Measurement working with Nielsen
Besides work, Aritra is very passionate about art & music and is associated with a non-profit organization working on preservation of traditional music from Bengal.
Director of Marketing Communications, Capgemini
In the last seven quarters since the launch an ERG for LGBT+, Chandra has played a key role at Capgemini by launching inclusive policies and benefits comprising of same-sex partner insurance, gender reassignment surgery, all-gender restrooms, creating awareness and sensitizing employees to hiring LGBT+ talent a reality.
On the personal side, he and his partner were one among 15 same-sex couples from all over India featured in FastTrack photo campaign launched during 2019 Valentine’s Day to normalise same-sex love.
Marketing Innovator; Technologist; Diversity & Inclusion Evangelist; Event Conceptualiser & Academic
He had also conducted a podcast called Keeping it Queer in which he had featured about 6 Degrees and the LGBT lives and many other things.